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Guantanamo Uighurs

Closing Guantánamo: A Primer for the President

Nancy Talanian | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Nancy Talanian

If the president is serious about wanting to close the prison, and I hope he is, here are some helpful suggestions.

Legal Transparent Detention: 3 Steps Forward, 15 Steps Backward

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

At the end of December, it was reported that the last of three Uighurs being held at Guantánamo had been sent to Slovakia. They had been wrongfully detained at Guantánamo for 12 years. It's three steps forward and 15 steps backwards at Guantánamo.

Guantanamo Prisoners Released In El Salvador

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 06.19.2012 | World

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Two men from western China who had been held for nearly a decade without charge at the Guantanamo Bay prison amid a dipl...

Witnessing Against Torture: Why We Must Act

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

Acting as our own lawyers in court, we aimed to defend a population that finds little voice in our society at all, and to bring a sort of prosecution against their persecutors.

Who Are the Four Prisoners Released from Guantanamo to Albania and Spain?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The majority of the men held at Guantánamo had no involvement with terrorism. Of the three men rehoused in Albania, one was a businessman, living in Europe, who had traveled to Afghanistan to provide humanitarian aid.

Swiss Take Two Guantanamo Uighurs, Solve Obama's Problem

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Obama is fortunate to have such kind allies, but he himself is the loser, the longer he refuses to tackle those who insist, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that everyone who was held at Guantánamo was a "terrorist."

75 Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared for Release; 31 Could Leave Today

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

If the rationale for not releasing the Yemenis from Guantánamo was extended to the U.S. prison system, no prisoner would ever be released at the end of their sentence, because prison "might have radicalized" them.

Who Are the Six Uighurs Released From Guantanamo to Palau?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I am drawing together here the stories of six men who, nearly eight years after their wrongful and mistaken capture, are finally free from Guantánamo, even if an uncertain future awaits them.

Justice at Last? Guantanamo Uighurs Ask Supreme Court for Release Into U.S.

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In briefs, the battle lines have been drawn. On the one hand is the government, endorsing Bush-era policies. And for the Uighurs, there is a Boston-based attorney and his team.

Guantanamo Envoy: U.S. Should Have Taken Cleared Prisoners; Some Should Never Have Been Held

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

To my mind, President Obama missed a golden opportunity to bring 17 Uighur prisoners to the U.S. in his early days in office.

A Plea to Barack Obama from the Guantanamo Uighurs

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Four months ago, 17 unjustly detained prisoners wrote a letter to Obama asking for their release. The government censors have only just cleared it and I have reprinted it here.

Guantanamo As Hotel California: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Prisoners who do not face ill-treatment on return to their homelands are still held, no matter how many times their release is approved by various representatives of the U.S. government.

Lawmakers Blast Obama For "No-Visit" Gitmo Policy

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Pentagon official Thursday largely refused to answer lawmakers' questions about why members of Congress are prohibited from meeting with Guantanamo ...

A Gitmo Tragedy: The Uighurs

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Of the many Guantanamo tragedies, perhaps none has been greater than our handling of the Uighurs, a group of Chinese Muslim detainees.

My Trip to Guantanamo: It Must Be Closed

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Decisions about placement of prisoners are made based on their level of compliance. It has nothing to do with alleged terrorist activities or crimes, since no one -- you got it -- no one has been convicted of anything.

Getting Along with the Invaders: Bishkek Versus Kashgar

Alexander Davenport | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alexander Davenport

My experiences out West revealed the simmering race relations between the Han and Uighur peoples, which helps explain the necessity of sending Uighur detainees from Guantanamo to Palau and not back to China.

No Confidence for Bermuda Premier on Uighurs

Kim Swan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kim Swan

Bermuda is a democracy much like yours, though ours has an English flavor. We believe our leaders, like yours, should follow the rule of law rather deciding on their own what the law should be.

Closing Guantanamo: Bermuda Forgets To Consult UK Over Accepting Uighurs

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As in Mother England. Thursday morning, Bermuda's premier, Ewart Brown, made the surprising announcement that four Uighur detainees from the American ...

Who Are the Four Guantanamo Uighurs Sent to Bermuda?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Uighurs should never have been held at all; the Pentagon was only interested in them because of the intelligence they might have provided about the activities of the Chinese government.

Four Guantanamo Uighurs Released, Headed To Bermuda

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT and MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Four Chinese Muslims detained at Guantanamo Bay prison were freed Thursday and resettled in Bermuda, sparking complaints from China...

Palau To Take Uighur Detainees

AP | RAY LILLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The tropical Pacific island nation of Palau announced Wednesday it will accept up to 17 Chinese Muslims who have langu...

From Guantanamo to the South Pacific: Is This a Joke?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Could there be an answer to the Obama administration's Uighur problem?

Free The Guantanamo Uighurs!

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Obama needs to find the courage to resist the shrill opportunism of some of his least principled colleagues, and to order the Uighurs' release into the United States.

My Message To Obama: Great Speech, But No Military Commissions and No "Preventive Detention"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Look at the sentence, "Hold[ing] individuals to keep them from carrying out an act of war," replace "an act of war" with "any crime," and you will realize why the proposed policy is so terrifying.

Guantanamo: A Prison Built On Lies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

It is difficult to see how much of the "evidence" against the Gitmo prisoners can be anything other than a tissue of lies extracted through torture, coercion, bribery and exploitation.