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UN rules that force-feeding at US terror jail is torture

Panel says Guantanamo 'constitutes ill-treatment'

A UNITED Nations panel has declared that force-feeding hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay violated the UN convention against torture.

The UN committee against torture said on Friday that the practice "constituted ill-treatment" and urged the US to halt it.

It also noted that "detainees' lawyers have argued that force-feeding is administered in an unnecessarily brutal and painful manner."

A court case in the US brought by human rights NGO Reprieve on behalf of cleared Syrian detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab has given the government until tomorrow to appeal against the release of 10 hours of classified footage showing his force-feeding.

Reprieve director Cori Crider said: "The UN is entirely right - abuse at Guantanamo is still happening on Obama's watch.

"This assessment could not be more timely.

"The right course is clear - the public has a right to see what's being done in their name."

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