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Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Undergoes Guantánamo Bay Force-Feeding Procedure

Written by Sarah Bella on July 9, 2013

Rapper Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has been filmed going through the standard operating procedure used on hunger-striking Guantánamo Bay detainees in an attempt to highlight human rights abuses in the interrogation facility.

The video, made by human rights organisation Reprieve and BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia, shows Bey being strapped down and restrained in a chair before having feeding tubes forcibly inserted into his nose. The rapper howls in pain, then begs the crew to stop the procedure when the tube is dislodged, later explaining that he couldn’t handle the burning sensation.

The process is outlined in a leaked document from the detention camp and specifies that it should be carried out on any detainee “who has missed at least nine consecutive meals or whose weight has fallen to less than 85% of his ideal body weight.”

There are currently more than 100 detainees hunger-striking in Guantánamo Bay, with more than 40 being force-fed. Many are fasting for Ramadan and are being force-fed against their religious beliefs. The procedure is being fought legally by 4 of the 106 hunger-striking detainees in a lawsuit filed in Washington last week.

WATCH: Yasiin Bey Force-Fed Under Guantánamo Bay Procedure

(via The Guardian)

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