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Detainees at Guantanamo on Hunger strike

The New York Times is reporting that more than a dozen detainees at the U.S. military detention center, in Guantanamo Bay, are on a hunger strike to protest living conditions, and conditions of their imprisonment.

Within situations of a hunger strike military guards force feed the detainees in a process widely known to be uncomfortable. Lawyers for the protestors say that the strikes come with their transfer to a new, higher security level complex within Gitmo.

Different prisoners are kept under different conditions in Gitmo, all of which have been ruled illegal under international law and gained great criticism from other countries and international organizations like the International Committee for the Red Cross.

In some security levels the detainees are kept in isolation for 22 hours a day, in other levels they only see other detainees while being transfered to another area of the prison. Hunger strikes have been used by other detainees, and last summer a riot started and three detainees committed suicide, from what lawyers say was despair over their harsh, illegal treatment.