The US government is seeking the dismissal of a legal appeal by hunger-striking prisoners at the notorious Guantanamo detention facility aimed at banning the torturous practice of force-feeding.
In July, a federal judge ruled that the practice of force-feeding hunger strikers at Guantanamo amounted to torture but rejected he legal appeal filed by four prisoners, arguing she did not have the jurisdiction to stop the practice.
On Thursday, the administration of President Barack Obama demanded the dismissal of the prisoners’ appeal and a hearing has been scheduled on October 18 in the Court of Appeal in Washington, DC, reported the Global Post
“It is Department of Defense policy to support the preservation of detainees' life and health by appropriate clinical means and standard medical intervention, in a humane manner, and in accordance with all applicable standards,” the motion by the administration attorneys said.
Images from the detention center published in June showed how prisoners were force-fed by military guards, being strapped to a metal restraint chair and fed through the nose with plastic tubing.
In protest against harsh conditions and indefinite detention without charge or trial, a hunger strike began in early February at Guantanamo and still continues after seven months.
Administration authorities said on Thursday that 31 prisoners at Guantanamo were still being forcibly fed by plastic tubes.
Closing the detention camp was a central theme of Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 as he acknowledged that the prison was a symbol of the US government’s violation of human rights.
Five years on, over 160 prisoners still remain in the infamous jail, most of whom without any charge for over a decade.