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Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Painfully Force-Fed

He continues to hunger strike for justice.

by Stephen Lendman

May 1 marks his 83rd hunger striking day. At issue is justice denied him and all Bahrainis. One of the world's most ruthless dictatorships terrorizes them.

They resist courageously. Abdulhadi inspires them. He's now painfully force-fed against his will.

After being denied visitations for days, family members finally saw him Sunday in a prison hospital. His wife, Khadija , said he's weak but in good spirits.

He told her he's being drugged and force-fed through a nasoenteric tube. It reaches his stomach or small bowel through his nose.

Reports on force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners call it torture. Thickness of a finger inserted tubes through noses and throats abrasively draw blood. They also cause severe pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and shortness of breath.

Guantanamo uses no sedatives or anesthesia. Prisoners are strapped in "restraint chairs." The procedure repeats twice daily. The same blood covered tubes are used from one detainee to another. Obama continues the same policy.

One prisoner called the experience "torture, torture, torture." The World Medical Association (WMA) condemns it. It calls it unethical and never justified. In 2006, it said:

"Forcible feeding is never ethically acceptable. Even if intended to benefit, feeding accompanied by threats, coercion, force or use of physical restraints is a form of inhuman and degrading treatment. Equally unacceptable is the forced feeding of some detainees in order to intimidate or coerce other hunger strikers to stop fasting."

WMA's secretary general, Otmar Kloiber, said:

"Physicians should never be used to break hunger strikes through acts such as force feeding." Prison doctors "have exactly the same ethical obligations treating (detainees) as they do when caring" for their own patients.

Ebrahim Zuwayed is Abdulhadi's doctor. He told family members he holds him, hospital officials, and Interior Ministry officials responsible for his treatment. His hunger strike continues, he added.

US media scoundrels ignore him. On April 29, Reuters headlined "Bahrain hunger striker force-fed, drugged: wife," saying:

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