Appeals Court Orders Continued Imprisonment Of Uighurs Unlawfully Detained At Guantánamo

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Appeals Court Orders Continued Imprisonment Of Uighurs Unlawfully Detained At Guantánamo

NEW YORK - A
federal appeals panel today blocked the release of 17 Chinese ethnic
Uighurs, who have been detained without charge for over seven years at
Guantánamo Bay. Despite the fact that the U.S. government no longer
considers the men “enemy combatants” and admitted that it does not have
the authority to detain them, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit overturned an October 2008 decision that
ordered their release.

The following can be attributed to Jameel Jaffer, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project:

“Today’s decision represents a
disappointing step back towards the Bush administration’s unlawful
Guantánamo policies. These men were cleared for release but have been
held without charge in a system that utterly disregards the fundamental
tenets of due process. This decision only underscores how important it
is that the Obama administration act quickly to dismantle the Bush
administration’s misguided national security policies and to close
Guantánamo altogether. The Bush administration’s proposition that
individuals can be held indefinitely in a legal black hole is an idea
that the Obama administration should reject immediately.”

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