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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 12:43 AM
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Chinese detainees are men without a country
In late 2003, the Pentagon quietly decided that 15 Chinese Muslims detained at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be released. Five were people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, some of them picked up by Pakistani bounty hunters for U.S. payoffs. The other 10 were deemed low-risk detainees whose enemy was China's communist government -- not the United States, according to senior U.S. officials.

More than 20 months later, the 15 still languish at Guantanamo Bay, imprisoned and sometimes shackled, with most of their families unaware whether they are even alive. They are men without a country. The Bush administration has chosen not to send them home for fear China will imprison, persecute or torture them, as the United States charges has happened to other members of China's Muslim minority. But the State Department has also been unable to find another country to take them in, according to U.S. officials and recently filed court documents.

Other detainees cleared of terrorism charges have also languished for years at Guantanamo Bay, but all have been sent home or are in the process of being transferred. For the Chinese Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurs ), there is no end in sight. About 20 countries -- including Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Turkey and a Latin American country -- have turned down U.S. overtures to give them asylum, according to U.S. officials.

Americas responsibility
The State Department says it is still working behind the scenes to find the Uighurs a home. A senior official called their situation "unfortunate." This month, lawyers and human rights groups appealed to the United States to take in the stranded Uighurs. "It's not like these people were once considered to be a threat and now are not," said Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch. "These people need to be released, either in another country or the U.S. They're America's responsibility." But the Bush administration has balked at allowing them to enter the United States, even under restricted supervision, or to appear in a court that is hearing two of the men's cases, according to U.S. officials and court documents.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9056630/
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 12:47 AM
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1. What's wrong with Taiwan? Full?
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 01:07 AM
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2. So they're looking for a place to take them in. And why, please,
are these poor, poor totally innocent people still in Guantanamo meanwhile, "imprisoned and sometimes shackled"?! Why, please, are "most of their families still unaware they're even alive" ??!!!

If they're doing something like this - inhumane and totally against international law - to people they themselves hold innocent then one shudders trying to imagine what your administration does to people it considers "guilty"...

To The Hague, each and every one of them!

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Remember Fallujah

Bush to The Hague!
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