Hunger strikes

February 19, 2019 - 5:32 pm
Nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers are calling for a watchdog investigation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the agency confirmed it had been force-feeding immigrant detainees on hunger strike. Reporting by The Associated Press revealed late last month that nine Indian men who were...
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FILE - This June 2018 file photo shows protesters walking along Montana Avenue outside the El Paso Processing Center, in El Paso, Texas. The U.S. government has suddenly stopped force-feeding a group of men on a hunger strike inside a Texas immigration detention center, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The dramatic reversal comes as public pressure was mounting on ICE to halt the practice, which involves feeding detainees through nasal tubes against their will. (Rudy Gutierrez/The El Paso Times via AP, File)
February 15, 2019 - 2:02 pm
The U.S. government has suddenly stopped force-feeding a group of men on a hunger strike inside an El Paso immigration detention center, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The dramatic reversal came Thursday as public pressure was mounting on ICE to halt the practice, which involves...
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FILE - This June 2018 file photo shows protesters walking along Montana Avenue outside the El Paso Processing Center, in El Paso, Texas. A hunger striker who is being force fed in an immigration detention center says three times a day he is being dragged out of his cell, and strapped to a table so that he can be force-fed through a nasal tube. The man is among a group of nine detainees in the El Paso facility who immigration officials acknowledged Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, are being hydrated and fed against their will under court orders. (Rudy Gutierrez/The El Paso Times via AP, File)
February 03, 2019 - 12:02 pm
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed there are now nine men — up from six earlier this week — being force-fed under court order in a detention center in El Paso. One of the hunger strikers, a 22-year-old man from India who called The Associated Press on Friday, described being...
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This June 2018 photo shows protesters walking along Montana Avenue outside the El Paso Processing Center, in El Paso, Texas. Federal immigration officials are force feeding some of the immigrants who have been on hunger strike for nearly a month inside the Texas detention facility, The Associated Press has learned. (Rudy Gutierrez/The El Paso Times via AP)
January 31, 2019 - 12:25 pm
Immigrants around the country have staged hunger strikes over the past month to protest conditions inside detention facilities, prompting officials to force-feed six of them through plastic nasal tubes at a Texas location, The Associated Press has learned. The El Paso Processing Center has become...
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January 09, 2019 - 9:57 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Scores of prisoners across Turkey have joined a hunger strike in a show of solidarity with an imprisoned opposition legislator who has been refusing food since November, a pro-Kurdish party legislator said Wednesday. Meral Danis Bestas, a legislator from the People's...
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December 15, 2018 - 6:41 am
SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — Jailed Catalan separatist politicians on hunger strike for the past two weeks say their upcoming trial will be a platform to foster their cause for independence. In rare interviews in a prison north of Barcelona, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull, who has been in...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 22, 2018 file photo, Nadiya Savchenko attends a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine. A celebrated former Ukrainian military pilot in jail on charges of plotting an attack on parliament says she has started refusing food and water in protest. Nadiya Savchenko said Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 she wants to protest what she called blackmail and pressure by investigator. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
December 05, 2018 - 1:58 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A celebrated former Ukrainian military pilot in jail on charges of plotting an attack on parliament said Wednesday that she has started refusing food and water in protest. Nadiya Savchenko called herself a political prisoner and said she wants to protest what she called...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2018 file photo, Catalan presidential candidate Jordi Turull walks past Spanish police officers as he arrives to the Supreme Court after a break for lunch in Madrid. Spanish authorities said on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, that Turull and Jordi Sanchez, both leaders of Catalonia’s separatist movement who have spent the last year in prison, are starting a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
December 01, 2018 - 7:56 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two leaders of Catalonia's separatist movement who have spent the last year in prison started a hunger strike on Saturday to protest what they claim is the unfair treatment by Spanish courts. Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull, regional lawmakers in northeastern Catalonia, said...
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Migrants aboard the Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti talk as they await decisions in the port of Catania, Italy, Friday, Aug. 24 2018. An Italian lawmaker says rescued migrants stuck aboard an Italian coast guard ship are starting a hunger strike. Rescued on Aug. 16 in the Mediterranean Sea, 150 migrants are still on the ship after minors and the sick were allowed off in recent days. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)
August 24, 2018 - 10:36 am
ROME (AP) — Many of the 150 migrants stranded aboard a coast guard ship for a ninth day began a hunger strike Friday out of frustration that Italy won't let them disembark in Sicily unless fellow European Union nations first pledge to take them, authorities said, in the latest standoff provoked by...
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Former president of the Italian Lower Chamber, Laura Boldrini, 3rd from right, talks to migrants on the deck of the Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti moored at the Catania harbor, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. An official from Italy's office for personal rights says 150 migrants are being kept aboard without proper authorization aboard an Italian coast guard vessel. Daniela de Robert told Sky TG24 TV after a three-hour visit aboard the Diciotti, that the migrants come from countries from which they should be "easily" able to request refugee status. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted said their rights are being violated because there is no judicial order to prevent their disembarking in Sicily. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)
August 24, 2018 - 8:03 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 2:00 p.m. An Italian lawmaker says rescued migrants stuck aboard an Italian coast guard ship are starting a hunger strike. Opposition Sen. Davide Faraone, who visited the migrants a day earlier on the Diciotti, tweeted on...
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