Judge approves force-feeding of detainee in Alabama on hunger strike

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge has authorized the force-feeding of a detainee on hunger strike at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Alabama.

Chief U.S District Judge Karon O. Bowdre last week authorized the force-feeding, if needed, for a detainee reported in deteriorating health. Bowdre also authorized medical monitoring of other detainees participating in the hunger strike.

48 detainees at the Etowah County Detention Center began a hunger strike on November 25. 15 continue to participate.

The New York-based Desis Rising Up and Moving organization said all of the strikers are people who came to the United States seeking asylum. They are demanding improved conditions and an end to indefinite detention.

ICE released a statement saying the agency is closely monitoring their health and no detainees have been forcibly fed.

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