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2006-03-18 06:39:36

By Saeed Komeijani TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's most prominent political dissident, Akbar Ganji, has been released from prison after six years behind bars for criticizing some of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic. Ganji, a journalist, was jailed in 2000 after writing articles linking senior officials to the serial killings of political dissidents in 1998. His articles particularly targeted powerful cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran's president from 1989 to 1997. A...

2006-03-17 08:15:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese AIDS activists on Friday called for the release of fellow rights worker Hu Jia, who vanished a month ago, while his wife said she still had no idea where he was and was becoming increasingly worried. The 32-year-old Hu went missing after going on hunger strike with several others to protest what they said was the government's hiring of thugs to beat up a civil rights campaigner. His wife, Zeng Jinyan, told Reuters that she had been to the prosecutor's office to try...

2006-03-10 14:38:08

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will not stop force-feeding Guantanamo detainee hunger strikers despite criticism from some doctors that has mounted even as the number of strikers has fallen, a spokesman said on Friday. A group of 263 doctors from seven countries called on Washington to end the force-feeding and use of restraint chairs for detainees fed through nasal tubes into their stomachs at the military prison at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base. Their...

2006-03-09 19:06:17

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - More than 250 doctors from seven countries urged the U.S. government on Friday to abandon force-feeding and the use of restraints on hunger strikers at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The doctors from Britain, the United States, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands said prisoners at the camp in eastern Cuba have the right to refuse treatment and that physicians must respect their decision. "We urge the U.S. government to ensure...

2006-03-03 14:28:33

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities at Guantanamo Bay strapped Mohammed Bawazir's legs, arms, head and midsection into a chair for as long as two hours each time they force fed him during his hunger strike, the Yemeni said. They inserted a tube through his nose and into his stomach, inflicting unbearable pain, according to a court filing to a judge weighing on Friday Bawazir's contention that he was tortured when he was force fed at the U.S. naval base. Denied...

2006-02-27 09:20:00

By Suleiman al-Khalidi AMMAN -- Toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has ended on health grounds a hunger strike he began earlier this month to protest against the conduct of his trial, his chief lawyer said on Monday. "The president maintained his hunger strike for 11 days but was forced to end it for health reasons," Khalil Dulaimi, who met Saddam for seven hours in Baghdad on Sunday, told Reuters. Saddam, on trial since last October for crimes against humanity, threw already chaotic...

2006-02-24 13:15:00

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Doctors and psychologists at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay are taking part in practices, including force feeding, that violate medical ethics, say ethicists and medical associations. Doctors at Guantanamo have inserted feeding tubes through the noses of prisoners on hunger strike. Psychiatrists and psychologists have observed harsh interrogations and advised interrogators on ways to persuade detainees to cooperate. "These are fundamental...

2006-02-24 06:49:15

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have rounded up at least eight democracy campaigners involved in hunger strikes that have spread to more than 16 provinces, a leading activist said on Friday. Most of those detained in the past 10 days had gone on hunger strikes to protest what they call increasingly violent harassment of dissidents by the government, Gao Zhisheng, a Beijing-based lawyer, told Reuters by telephone. "It's because we have made the government look really bad by the...

2006-02-16 15:14:10

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday came under mounting international pressure to close its Guantanamo prison, with U.N. investigators saying detainees there faced treatment amounting to torture. In a 40-page report, which had already been largely leaked, five United Nations special envoys said the United States was violating a host of human rights, including a ban on torture, arbitrary detention and the right to a fair trial. The findings could...

2006-02-16 07:35:18

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday faced mounting international calls to close its Guantanamo prison camp with U.N. investigators saying detainees there faced treatment amounting to torture. In a 40-page report, which had been largely leaked, five United Nations special envoys said the United States was violating a host of human rights, including a ban on torture, arbitrary detention and the right to a fair trial. The report is likely to fuel new...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'