Hunger Strike

Guantánamo PR Can't Obscure the Reality of Force-Feeding

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

The new motto is "Guantánamo: Safe, Humane, Legal, Transparent." It is neither safe, humane or legal, however, if you are a detainee engaging in a peaceful protest against more than a decade of arbitrary detention. It is hardly transparent.

Why I'm Going Hungry Tomorrow

Sarah Teather | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

Many struggle to be patient with their children when they skip meals so they can feed them first. Some care for relatives in demanding physical ways in spite of lack of food. Others go to work each day on an empty stomach, earning their way but still with inadequate resource to pay for food, rent and heating. It is a national scandal.

One-Eyed Police Killer On Hunger Strike

PA | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK

One-eyed police killer Dale Cregan has gone on hunger strike in an apparent bid to be moved to another prison. The 30-year-old was jailed for life ...

Watching Yasiin Bey Be Force-Fed Guantanamo Style

Clemency Wells | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK
Clemency Wells

We simply have to reiterate the facts which speak for themselves: the vast majority of men in Guantanamo have not been charged, let alone given a trial. More than 52% have been cleared for release by the very government which continues to hold them.

Why, Mr President, Is Guantanamo Bay Still Open?

Cori Crider | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

"A symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law." These are President Obama's recent words on Guantanamo Bay, the military prison he rules as commander-in-chief. But as Gitmo's infamous hunger strike enters its sixth month, it is increasingly plain that we have not one, but two administrations on Guantánamo Bay. The first - the administration of President Obama's speeches - regrets the prison... The second administration offers a retort.

The Seventh and Final Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

So for me, the strike is over: not for any particularly good reason, just because it has gone on a week, and it is time to pass the baton over to Frankie Boyle. I was not sure when I began how long I would go for, since I had never foregone food for 48 hours before. I am satisfied with a week - it is longer than I expected to last, though less time than I could have.

The Fourth Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

The more I do this, the more I set my own petty experience is contrast to Guantánamo. I supposed I had a good sense all along about the suffering that Shaker and the other 165 prisoners were going through, because I have been there so many times (28 to date) and witnessed what is happening first hand. But it is a message we need to get to the world, and every word that people read is a small step in the right direction.

The Third Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Day three of my hunger strike did not start off well. I was awake by 4am, and gave up trying to rest half an hour later, my mind swirling with work to be done. At least I was productive in the early hours. Meanwhile, though, I have been pondering anew, rather tiredly, how trivial my concerns truly are...

The Second Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

I was warned that I would get grumpy, but I hope that did not happen. I did get the sensation of being light headed - I almost felt drunk - in the mid-afternoon. For half an hour, I found concentration more difficult. But overall I did not feel hungry until about eight-thirty in the evening. Shaker Aamer told me the second day would be one of the hardest - that after day four things would get easier. We'll see...

Jessica Elgot

Top Lawyer On Hunger Strike For Guantanamo Detainee | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK

Clive Stafford Smith, a top human rights lawyer and activist has declared himself on hunger strike in solidarity with Shaker Aamer, the last British m...

Hunger Striker Kostas Sakkas: When Justice Is Blind

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK
Fragkiska Megaloudi

While the Greek political system is being plunged into the waters of corruption, immorality and inefficacy and Greeks are reeling under the weight of salary slashes, a rising tax burden and euro zone's highest unemployment rate, hunger striker and anarchist, Kostas Sakkas, continues to be illegally detained, amid growing fears of his deteriorating health.

Hunger Striking Iranian Asylum Seeker 'Living Like A Prisoner In UK'

PA | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK

A failed asylum seeker who went on hunger strike after immigration officials confiscated his passport today told a High Court judge he was "living lik...

Old Bailey Bomber Found Dead

PA | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK

Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price has been found dead. The 62-year-old mother-of-two was found at her home in Malahide, north Dublin, on Wednesday ni...

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Rita Pal | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Fasting has been common throughout history . It is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. It is often used as a method of non-violent resistance to effect political change. Famous fasts include the forty hour fast by World Vision to bring awareness to poverty and hunger around the world. Mohandas K. Gandhi conducted several prolonged fasts as effective political and social protests.

"I Was Never Too Fat To Be A Dad"

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A Canadian father-of-two, who lost custody of his two young sons due to his weight, is now planning to appeal the case and start a hunger strike today...

Over Three Decades On The Death Of Bobby Sands Still Resonates

John Wight | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK Politics
John Wight

With 2000 Palestinians currently on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, hundreds of them in Nafha, Bobby Sands and the other nine who died on hunger strike over 30 years ago continue to provide inspiration to political prisoners everywhere.

Foreign Office Delays Over Euro 2012 Boycott

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK

As concerns grow over the treatment of the Ukraine's former premier, Yulia Tymoshenko, in prison, the Foreign Office said there had still been no deci...

Can a Buddhist Master be a Political Activist? Tibetan Hunger Strike Hero Says Yes!

Adele Wilde-Blavatsky | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK
Adele Wilde-Blavatsky

Self-immolations and hunger strikes are very distressing forms of political protest but they have been successful in putting Tibet back into the mainstream media and at visibly showing the collective pain and suffering of the Tibetan people.

A Man on Hunger Strike for 62 Days Yet the World Stays Silent

Yousif Nur | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Politics
Yousif Nur

At the time of writing, Khader Adnan, a Palestinian baker from the West Bank village of Arabeh, near Jenin has been on hunger strike for 62 days in protest to him being detained without trial, charge, evidence levelled against him or questioning.

Hunger Strike Speaks of Downward Spiral in Budapest

Rosie Scammell | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK
Rosie Scammell

A hunger strike sparked by one blurred face on national television has captured the wave of discontent spreading across Hungary, a country in the heart of Europe but far from the minds of its neighbours.