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Muslim Uighurs in Guantanamo

In Civil Liberties, Guantanamo Bay on April 1, 2009 at 8:53 am

A New York Times report on the status of the Uighur Chinese minority in Guantanamo:  after Bush decided they were not enemy combatants after all, they stay in Guantanamo with no country willing to take them:

The Uighurs have become something of a Guantánamo Rorschach test: hapless refugees to some, dangerous plotters to others. For the Obama administration, the task of determining which of those portraits is correct and whether the men can be released inside the United States has raised the stakes for the president’s plan to close the Guantánamo prison. Either choice is likely to provoke intense reaction.

The dilemma has taken on new urgency because the plan to close the prison depends on other countries’ accepting some of the remaining 241 detainees Diplomats say that with President Obama embarking on Tuesday on a European trip, the effort could falter unless this country signals it is willing to take some of the Guantánamo prisoners.

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