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article imagePrisoners at Canada's "Guantanamo" continue hunger strike

By soome2000     Jan 22, 2007 in World
Three prisoners held at Canada's "Guantanamo" began a hunger strike in November to protest the inhumane conditions of their detention. The Canadian government says it is not really a hunger strike because they are ingesting fruit juice and other liquids
On December 4 I posted an article about the trailer and six cells on the grounds of Millhaven Prison now know as Guantanamo North.
On January 8 the three detainees published an open letter which began:
A moving appeal, the letter begins, “We are writing to you today because the Canadian government refuses to speak to us. We are three Muslim men and have been detained under a security certificate, without charge or bail for between five and six-and-a-half years.”
The three men have been accused of terrorist links, they have been denied access to the evidence on which the government bases its allegations.
The article outlines some of the treatment that these men have received at the hands of the Canadian government:
In 2005, Almrei went on hunger strike twice: the first for 39 days to obtain winter shoes and clothes so as to protect himself from winter-cold in his barely heated cell; the aim of the second hunger strike, which lasted 73 days, was to obtain the right to have an hour’s exercise per day. Till then Almrei had been confined to his cell 24 hours a day with the lights permanently on.
While in detention, Mohammad Mahjoub was infected with the hepatitis C virus, a disease that can be life-threatening if not treated. In 2005, he went on hunger strike to obtain the necessary treatment. Even today, one of the most pressing demands of the strikers is for medical care for Mahjoub, who must also be treated for a knee injury, a demand which also dates from 2005.
No bail, no charges, no access to evidence; to top it off not winter clothes, poor medical treatment (or no medical treatment), is this a logical way to fight terrorism?
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