President Barack Obama pledged to close the controversial Guantánamo Bay during his presidency, but it remains open at the cost of $445 million for just 77 prisoners in 2015. And with President Donald Trump pledging to fill the prison with "bad dudes,"the prison, which the Red Cross called a place of “humiliating acts,” is set to remain open for the foreseeable future.
And according to the lawyers of detainees who spoke to The New York Times, officials at the prison have hardened their stance to hunger-striking prisoners, now waiting longer than before to medically intervene and force-feed them.
Of the 41 men remaining at the prison, only 10 have been charged with a crime, the remaining prisoners are being held in indefinitely without trial under wartime laws. That last group includes five men who have gone on hunger strike to protest, according to lawyers.