A federal judge on Tuesday rejected the request of three Guantanamo Bay detainees on hunger strike to block the U.S. military’s practice of force-feeding.
U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer said federal courts are prohibited from ruling on detainee treatment and conditions of confinement at the detention center in Cuba.
“There is nothing so shocking or inhumane in the treatment of petitioners — which they can avoid at will — to raise a constitutional concern that might otherwise necessitate review,” she wrote.
Collyer also found that the detainees had not shown that the military’s policy is “unreasonable.”
“Petitioners’ real complaint is that the United States is not allowing them to commit suicide by starvation,” the judge wrote, adding that the military has a responsibility to preserve detainees’ health.
Collyer’s opinion came after a fellow judge on the U.S. District Court in Washington dismissed a separate detainee request on similar grounds. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, however, called the process of force-feeding “painful, humiliating and degrading.” She wrote that President Obama, who has been critical of the practice, has the authority to stop it.