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Forced feeding as a matter of standard operating procedure

Forced feeding was carried out at Guantánamo as a matter of standard operating procedure, as revealed by Standard Operating Procedure 001 (Voluntary and Total Voluntary Fasting and Re-Feeding). Although forced feeding is practiced in prisons in the U.S. mainland as well as in Guantánamo, it is regarded as clear violation of medical ethics by all international medical conventions--including those to which the American Medical Association is a signatory:

It should be noted that physicians worldwide have reached a consensus regarding involuntary and physically restrained feeding of prisoners. Part of this consensus are:

  • Article 6 of The 1975 Tokyo Declaration of the World Medical Association: "Where a prisoner refuses nourishment and is considered by the physician as capable of forming an unimpaired and rational judgment concerning the consequences of such a voluntary refusal of nourishment, he or she shall not be fed artificially."

According to Guantánamo spokesman Navy Commander Rick Haupt, an undisclosed number of Guantánamo physicians have declined to participate in the forced-feeding of prisoners.