As the hunger strike enters its eighth week California prison officials have got approval from a federal judge to force feed prisoners. Prison policy is to let prisoners starve to death if they have signed a do not resuscitate request. The judges ruling will allow a process called ”refeeding” which could include forcing feeding tubes through prisoners’ noses.
California prison authorities claimed to the federal judge that the hunger strike is ‘orchestrated’ by gangs who have intimidated men into going on hunger strike and signing do not resuscitate requests.
According to Claude Marks of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, “This order violates all international laws and standards and gives the medical director of each prison authority to violate human rights laws instead of reasonably negotiating with prisoners. This approach, much like Guantanamo, sets the US apart from all related international human rights standards.”