July 8, 2013
Rapper, actor and activist Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def, stars in a short film produced by Human Rights organization Reprieve and Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia depicting the brutal Standard Operating Procedure conducted at prisons across America such as Guantanamo Bay, where prisoners are not only coerced into sterilization, but are also subjected to force feeding against their wills, a practice many detainees see as a cruel and unusual form of punishment in line with torture.
Earlier this year, it was reported that at least 100 prisoners at the U.S. prison camp located in Cuba were conducting hunger strike protests meant to convey frustration with their indefinite detainment status.
The closure of Guantanamo Bay was one of the campaign platforms then-junior Senator Obama ran on. In June 2007 he told a crowd in Texas, “We’re going to close Guantanamo. And we’re going to restore habeas corpus… We’re going to lead by example‚ÄĒnot just by word but by deed. That’s our vision for the future.”