Guantánamo Public Memory Project

This Week in Guantánamo: 2013 and 1993

May 16, 2013:  One hundred inmates out of the 166 at Guantánamo are protesting their detention by refusing food, according to a U.S. military statement on Wednesday. It also reported that 30 inmates are regularly force fed.

ALIEN MIGRANT INTERDICTION OPERATIONS (FOR RELEASE)

Haitian sea migrants have been held in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on two occasions – in 1991-1992 and in 1994. Haitians seated in the open await processing in a tent city at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba in 1991. USCG photo by PA3 Eric Eggen

May 13, 1993: Haitian refugees detained at Guantánamo because they tested H.I.V. positive began their second prolonged hunger strike. 158 adults at a makeshift confinement camp on the base began the strike after their calls for release were ignored. Federal immigration policy barred anyone carrying the virus from entering the United States.

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