Australia Pressed to Take Uighurs

The U.S. has asked Australia to take in six of the Uighurs still held at .  From BBC:

US President Barack Obama has asked the Australian government to accept a group of Chinese Muslim detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

[…]It is the first time Australia has been approached by the Obama administration over the Uighurs. Two requests by the Bush administration were turned down.

[…]The 17 Uighurs held at the prison camp are among a group captured in Afghanistan in 2001, and cleared for release in 2004. Albania took in five of the ethnic Chinese group in 2006 but has been unwilling to take more.

May 30, 2009, 12:07 PM
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