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Lawyers for Gitmo detainees on hunger strike request medical records

[JURIST] Attorneys for some Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees asked for access to their clients' medical records Wednesday as they worried that the detainees' eight-week-long hunger strike [JURIST report] may be severely harming their clients' health. Lawyers for a group of 17 Yemeni detainees complained that their clients looked ill and many of their conditions were deteriorating. The detainees are participating in their second hunger strike to protest beatings and their indefinite imprisonments. A lawyer for 11 detainees believes that 90 percent of prisoners are participating in the strike [JURIST report] in some fashion. The military had previously stated that 128 detainees were participating, but yesterday, they reported that only 45 detainees have refused food or water for at least three consecutive days. The Washington Post has more.

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