China warns Germany Against Taking Uighur Gitmo Detainees

From The Local (Germany):

uighursChina has warned the German government against accommodating Chinese Uighur Guantanamo Bay prisoners, saying they should face justice in their own country…The prisoners, who belong to the predominantly Muslim ethnic Uighur group from Central Asia and the Xinjian province of Western China, cannot currently be repatriated to China due to American law, which dictates individuals may not be deported to a country where they are likely to face harm.

…If returned to China, the men will likely be imprisoned and tried as active separatists. They have expressed fears that they could face torture or persecution, according to reports from the New York Center for Constitutional Rights… “These Uighurs are Chinese citizens and therefore fall under the responsibility of Chinese justice. They are members of the radical Islamist movement in East Turkestan, which the United Nations recognises as a terrorist organization,” Wu Hongbo, Chinese ambassador to Germany, told the Berliner Zeitung… But Munich had been suggested as a possible destination for the displaced prisoners, due to the 500-strong Uighur community living in the city already – one of the group’s largest enclaves outside of Asia.

The city’s municipal council was reported to have backed a motion earlier this year to host 17 Uighur prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay, but Federal Government ministers, including Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, have appeared hesitant to accept the prisoners, expressing fears that to do so would put a strain on German relations with China.

See also this past post on Germany and the Uighur detainees.

September 15, 2009 10:31 PM
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