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Mos Def Force-Feeding Video Launches Support Campaign
****Contains distressing images**** Laurie Tuffrey , July 8th, 2013 07:54

Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, demonstrates the force feeding procedure used on Guantánamo Bay prisoners to highlight Reprieve campaign

The Rapper and actor Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has undergone the standard operating procedure for force-feeding prisoners at Guantánamo Bay in a video to raise awareness of a new campaign aiming to rally support for the camp's hunger-strikers - watch above [via the Guardian].

The human rights organisation Reprieve has today launched the campaign, which is urging people to show solidarity with over 100 prisoners who have staged hunger-strike protests, some since February, at being detained without charge or trial, 40 of whom are being force-fed.

In a statement released alongside the video, which was made by the Bafta-winning director Asif Kapadia, Reprieve's director and attorney for Guantanamo prisoners Clive Stafford Smith says: "President Obama could take the steps needed to release cleared prisoners from Guantanamo any time he likes, but so far has lacked the political courage to do so. We hope that public solidarity with the hunger-strikers in Guantanamo will persuade him to change his mind."

Head to Reprieve's website here for more information.