Supreme Court is Urged to Order Uighurs’ Release into U.S.
The Muslims, members of the Uighur minority from China’s Xinjiang region, have been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for more than seven years despite their military jailers’ concession years ago that they posed no threat to the United States.
“This is now President Obama’s Guantanamo. If he is truly committed to closing the detention center, these men should be on a plane to restart their lives in the United States,” said Emi MacLean, a staff attorney at the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights.
Obama in January ordered the review of all 240 prisoners still at Guantanamo, where nearly 800 have been brought since the Bush administration began detaining terrorist suspects abroad after the Sept. 11 attacks.