The statement came amid calls from Islamic leaders for the United States to halt its force-feeding of Guantánamo Bay detainees during the monthlong fast. Detainees there have launched the hunger strikes in protest of their indefinite detention.
"We believe it's wrong to force-feed at any time, but it is particularly upsetting to do it through Ramadan," Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council On American-Islamic Relations, told The Guardian.
"It's not just a religious issue, it's also a human rights issue in violation of international norms and medical ethics."
The Pentagon has said they will perform the force-feeding operations at night, so as not to violate the Ramadan fast.