Bermuda Takes Guantanamo Uighurs; Chinese Government Protests

Bermuda has accepted four of the Uighurs imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay shortly after former U.S. territory Palau agreed to take all 17.  From BBC:

Four Chinese Muslim Uighurs have been released from the US detention centre at Guantanamo and resettled in Bermuda, US officials said.

The four men are part of a group of Chinese nationals captured by the US in Afghanistan but found not to be enemy combatants four years ago.

[…]Beijing has described 22 Uighurs detained by the US as terrorists and demanded their return to China.

Soon after the four former inmates landed in Bermuda, a British overseas territory off America’s eastern seaboard, US justice department spokesman Dean Boyd said: “We will consult regularly with the government of Bermuda on the status of these individuals.”

Meanwhile, the Chinese government protested the resettlement of the Uighurs and demanded that they be returned to China. Read more about these cases via CDT.

June 11, 2009 9:29 AM
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