Navy Nurse Press Call: Case Update on Guantánamo Nurse’s Refusal to Force-Feed Detainees

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) hosted a press teleconference to provide a case update on the Navy nurse at Guantanamo who refused to force-feed detainees and was facing disciplinary measures. The full audio of the press call is available below.


On the call, it was announced that the U.S. Navy has dropped all charges against the nurse, and panelists discussed the future of the practice of force-feeding at Guantánamo. The speakers on the call were:

  • Ron Meister of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., an attorney for the Navy nurse
  • Dr. Vincent Iacopino, senior medical advisor, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
  • Pamela Cipriano, president of the American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • Capt. Albert Shimkus, U.S. Naval War College professor; former commanding officer, U.S. Naval Hospital at Guantánamo; former Joint Task Force-Guantánamo (JTF-GTMO) Surgeon

You can read the full statement by Dr. Vincent Iacopino here. You can also find the statement by the American Nurses Association on their website and a letter in support of the Navy nurse from the American Medical Association here.

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