Terence Bunch

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Another London hunger striker holds his hands up and vows to continue on. US Embassy, London. 24th September 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Camp Ashraf Hunger Strike Day 59. US Embassy, London. 24th September 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-09-24 00:00:00

On day 59 of the solidarity Hunger Strike taking place outside the US embassy in London by relatives of the residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq: members of the Christian faith gather in London to issue statements of support.

Earlier in the week, British Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowen Williams, draws international attention to the issue of the 36 detained hostages now floundering in Iraqi custody.

The men have been arbitrarily held in Iraq for almost two months, have not been charged with any offence, are held by Iraqi police officers with almost no reference to any court procedure in an environment in which the Iraqi judiciary appear to be completely absent.

As a result, the detainees are now qualified as hostages.

US President Barack Obama has not made any attempt to deal with the matter despite the US occupation authorities having a statutory obligation to the residents of Camp Ashraf under article 45/para 4 of the Geneva Convention, giving a persuasive insight into the nature of the democracy developing in Iraq.

US Embassy, London. 24th September 2009.

The Iranian Hunger Striker Fatemah Khezri has been on hunger strike, along with others for 59 days.

The Iranian Hunger Striker Fatemah Khezri has been on hunger strike, along with others for 59 days.

A 19 year old woman, Soudabeh Heidari, has also been without food for almost a month in solidarity with those held in custody by Iraqi Security forces after being abandoned by the United States.

A 19 year old woman, Soudabeh Heidari, has also been without food for almost a month in solidarity with those held in custody by Iraqi Security forces after being abandoned by the United States.

Long-time supporter, Father Frank Nally, sets out the support the Hunger Strikers now have from the Anglican church. He says The deafening silence, especially from the authorities, has been quite shocking. Your suffering and pain will be looked on by those in positions of power...but also at the United Nations. To focus on your suffering and safety apparently is not politically expedient for the politicians at this time

Long-time supporter, Father Frank Nally, sets out the support the Hunger Strikers now have from the Anglican church. He says The deafening silence, especially from the authorities, has been quite shocking. Your suffering and pain will be looked on by those in positions of power...but also at the United Nations. To focus on your suffering and safety apparently is not politically expedient for the politicians at this time

Reverend Joe Hawes draws attention to the lack of media coverage in the British media.

Reverend Joe Hawes draws attention to the lack of media coverage in the British media.

Behind another vicar, the images of the 36 detained men of Camp Ashraf, who, almost two months after having been arrested by Iraqi security forces, are still detained against their will in Iraq.

Behind another vicar, the images of the 36 detained men of Camp Ashraf, who, almost two months after having been arrested by Iraqi security forces, are still detained against their will in Iraq.

Margaret Owen, vows to begin her own hunger strike in support of the residents of Camp Ashraf.

Margaret Owen, vows to begin her own hunger strike in support of the residents of Camp Ashraf.

Long-time hunger striker Fatemah Khezri, receives comfort from a member of the clergy.

Long-time hunger striker Fatemah Khezri, receives comfort from a member of the clergy.

After the press conference finishes, members of the clergy attempt to hand in a letter to the US embassy. They are stopped and refused entry.

After the press conference finishes, members of the clergy attempt to hand in a letter to the US embassy. They are stopped and refused entry.