Five detainees at Guantanamo Bay are starving to death. Under an arbitrary new practice brought in by the Trump administration, hunger strikers are reportedly being denied access to basic medical care and left to starve. Two of our clients, Ahmed and Khalid, are hunger striking with a simple demand – give us fair trials, or release us. They have not eaten since September 20th, and the authorities are withholding medical treatment.
If Ahmed, Khalid and the other detainees continue their hunger strike under these conditions, they are at serious risk of organ failure or death. We need to raise the alarm about what’s happening and demand urgent medical help for the hunger strikers, so that they don’t waste away in vain. If the world won’t pay attention to their hunger strike, maybe they’ll pay attention to ours.
We’re asking our supporters to join Reprieve founder Clive Stafford Smith in a solidarity hunger strike with the detainees. This isn’t the first time we’ve organized a hunger strike – in 2013, hundreds joined our hunger strike to support Shaker Aamer and helped give him the strength to continue until his eventual release. It only takes a small number of dedicated people to make enough noise and make a difference. We’ve done it before and we can do it again.
If we take up their cause, we can their save lives. We hope that by hunger striking on their behalf, we can convince Ahmed and Khalid to pause their own strike while keeping their principles intact.
If you’d like to pledge to fast for 24 hours, go to our #FastForJustice page and choose a day that’s convenient for you. Your name will then be added to our calendar of fasters.
If you cannot take part in a fast, please sign our petition calling on President Trump to give urgent medical attention to the hunger strikers and either release them or give them fair trials.