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Ó Snodaigh calls for end to force-feeding of Hunger Strikers in Guantanamo

9 March, 2006


Speaking from Stormont today, where he was attending an event to mark the anniversary of Bobby Sands’ birthday, Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh commended the 263 doctors including Irish doctors who signed a letter calling on the United States to abandon the practice of force-feeding hunger strikers in Guantanamo Bay and called on the Dublin Government to echo that call by publicly demanding that the US end such practices.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “I commend the 263 doctors including Irish doctors who signed a letter calling on the United States to abandon the practice of force-feeding hunger strikers in Guantanamo Bay which is in breach of international agreements.  And I reiterate their demand for disciplinary actions to be taken by the relevant medical professional bodies against the doctors implementing the policy of force-feeding in Guantanamo.

“On this the 25th Anniversary of the 1981 republican hunger strikes the Dublin Government must echo this call by publicly calling on the United States to immediately cease their practice of force-feeding hunger strikers in Guantanamo Bay.  Republicans and the Dublin Government know all too well the consequences of the force-feeding of hunger strikers. In 1974 Michael Gaughan died in an English jail aged just 24 after a force-feeding tube pierced his lung.

“And I would remind the Dublin Government and the United States administration that the UN report on Guantanamo published last month called for the closure of the illegal detention centre.” ENDS

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