Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has criticized the United States Navy’s charging of a nurse who refused to force-feed detainees in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp. The Navy transferred the nurse, who is still waiting on her discharge decision. PHR stated that the practice of force-feeding violates medical ethics and international law. The group particularly disputed the United States government’s claim that hunger strikes are not a variety of protest but are in fact a manner of suicide. PHR specified that the procedure violates ethics prohibiting ill treatment of patients, torture, and inflicting physical or mental pain, and thus has called on the United States government to end the practice.
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