Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

US Detainees Are No Threat, but Lose Appeal ; US Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Case of China's Uighurs, Who Remain at Guantanamo Because They Have No Place to Go

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

US Detainees Are No Threat, but Lose Appeal ; US Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Case of China's Uighurs, Who Remain at Guantanamo Because They Have No Place to Go

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Compared with most other detainees at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Abu Bakker Qassim and Adel Abdu al-Hakim have a strong argument for why they should be immediately released from the terrorism prison camp.

According to the United States military, they are neither terrorists nor "enemy combatants."

So why are they being held at the camp nearly a year after a military panel ruled that they pose no threat to the US? They have no place else to go. Their appeal for freedom suffered a setback Monday.

The US government says that if the two men are sent home to the semi-autonomous western region of China they might face human rights abuses, and even torture, at the hands of Chinese authorities. Both men are members of the Uighur minority religious and ethnic group which has been the target of a Chinese government crackdown in recent years. They were captured after being trained with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

No other country has been willing to take them. …

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