Experts in health and ethics have been speaking out this week against US government-sanctioned force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay Prison and elsewhere, and Berman Institute faculty members have joined the call.


Monday, a task force led by faculty member Len Rubenstein released its reportEthics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror. The report highlighted force-feeding as one of several activities government-employed healthcare professionals are directed to perform that undermines their ethical responsibilities. One of the principal authors of the report, Rubenstein was quoted widely in coverage, including Al Jazeera, CBS Radio, The Chicago Tribune, Irish Examiner, Yahoo News and many others.  Read more in our blog post on the task force report.


Tuesday, a letter was released from leading health and ethics experts to President Obama, specifically calling for an end force-feeding at Guantánamo Bay Prison.  Berman Institute Director Ruth Faden was a signatory, along with Michael J. Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; other signatories include a former U.S. Surgeon General and six Nobel laureates.


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