November 25, 2008

OBVIOUS EVIL WHEN W DOES IT BUT A TOUGH CALL FOR THE UR?:

Guantanamo and Obama's human rights conundrum (Anne Penketh, 26 November 2008, Independent)

[H]is case highlights the fundamental difficulty for Barack Obama in carrying out a pledge to shut down the jail located in a legal no man's land outside America. Human rights campaigners point out that one of Mr Obama's principal difficulties will be what to do with the prisoners. Clive Stafford Smith, the director of the British legal-action charity Reprieve, has pointed out that among the hurdles in closing a facility that holds 250 alleged terrorists is the fact that "80 to 100 are refugees and would risk being tortured if returned home".

US policy is to insist on guarantees from the prisoners' countries of origin. But there are real fears for 17 Uighurs – Muslims from the oppressed ethnic minority in western China – who have been held for seven years. They were cleared for release a year ago, but the US has kept them inside amid fears they would be at risk of torture in China, which wants them back. The State Department has so far approached 100 countries to no avail.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2008 10:58 PM
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