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Brenda Bowser Soder
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Human Rights First Responds to Possible Relocation of Uighers to Palau

WASHINGTON - As the Obama Administration considers relocating Uighers currently
awaiting release from the Guantánamo detention facility to the North
Pacific island of Palau, Human Rights First Chief Executive Officer
Elisa Massimino issued the following statement:

“We welcome the Obama Administration’s efforts to empty the
Guantánamo prison facility. It is unfortunate that some in Congress
have sought to obstruct these efforts. Ultimately, any comprehensive
plan to do so will require the resettlement of some detainees who, like
the Uighers, are not a security threat but cannot return to their home
countries. Especially if we expect our allies to take in detainees, the
United States will need to exercise leadership and heed the words of
General Petraeus who, with respect to the closure of Guantánamo, has
urged Americans not to be ‘afraid to live our values.’”

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