Where Will 5 Chinese Muslims Go After Gitmo?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The fate of the five remaining Chinese Muslims being held in Guantanamo Bay became murkier this week. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on behalf of the Uighurs — who have been cleared of any implications of terrorism. The appeal may have allowed them to stay here in the U.S. after they are released from Cuba. Sabin Willet represents the five remaining detainees. He says that the Uighurs have refused an invitation to resettle in Palau because they see it as an island exile. 

Joanne Mariner, director of Hunter College’s Human Rights Program, says this case is particularly challenging because there really aren't any direct precedents for allowing detainees to resettle here in the U.S.


Joanne Mariner and Sabin Willett

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [1]


Didn't these particular Uighurs already tell us where they prefer to live by voting with their feet over ten years ago? Don't they prefer a Taliban community and all the benefits offered to a pious male who follows their strict religious code at the expense of women and anyone who does not submit to their customs? Does that give us a little insight into the character of these men? If the President removes US soldiers from Afghanistan, will the original Taliban be included as a second community willing to take them in?

Apr. 20 2011 08:13 AM

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