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Revista Española de Sanidad Penitenciaria

On-line version ISSN 2013-6463Print version ISSN 1575-0620


GARCIA-GUERRERO, J.. Hunger striking in prisons: ethics and the ethical and legal aspects. Rev. esp. sanid. penit. [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.1, pp.8-15. ISSN 2013-6463.

Hunger strike is a common form of protest in prisons and is a potential cause of many types of problems, both for the prison administration and the doctors who care for prisoners who participate in one. Issues of conflict of rights and obligations involved, and how to treat people who are subject to the Administration, which in this case takes the position of guarantor, have created major controversies over doctrine. Conscientious objection and the conflict of dual loyalty of doctors working in prisons are also issues closely linked to a prison hunger strike. In this paper we review the solution given to the problem of treatment of a prison hunger strike from three perspectives: ethics, ethical and legal.

Keywords : strike; hunger; prisoners; prisons; therapeutics; treatment refusal; ethics; force feeding; Spain.

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