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After Detention, Where Can the Uighurs Go?

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31 Mar 09 | New York Times

As the Obama administration reviews detainee files in its move to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, the case of 17 Chinese Muslim Uighurs, who have been held there for seven years without charges, remains a big stumbling block.


The Uighurs were cleared for release in 2004, and in 2008, the Bush administration conceded they were no longer “enemy combatants.” But they cannot be sent back to China, where they may be tortured, and no other nation has agreed to take them.

The Obama administration is now under pressure to show its willingness to take some detainees into the United States as it tries to persuade other countries to do the same. But such a move is likely to be opposed by communities where the Uighurs would be resettled.

Given the thorny legal and political problems, what lessons might be learned from the Uighur case? >>>

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31 March 2009 at 11:11 pm

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