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Last Uighur prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay
January 2, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Tuesday that three Uighur Muslim detainees were transferred to Slovakia from the Guantanamo Bay military prison. The detainees, Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper, were the last three members of the Chinese ethnic minority being held....... [more]

Uighur Guantanamo detainees released to El Salvador
April 20, 2012
The Pentagon announced on Thursday that two Uighur detainees were released from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay to be transferred to El Salvador, where they have chosen to resettle. They are being released pursuant to a 2008 order by the US District Court for the District of Columbia. An e....... [more]

Supreme Court sought guidance on Uighur detainee transfer
February 13, 2012
On February 13, 2010, the US Supreme Court ordered the Obama administration to file briefs in response to Switzerland's acceptance of asylum for two Uighur detainees housed at Guantanamo Bay. The Swiss accepted the detainees after the Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide if the judicial branch....... [more]

DC Circuit ruled against release of Uighur Guantanamo detainees into US
February 18, 2011
On February 18, 2009, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed an October 2008 district court order that would have provided for the release of 17 Uighur Guantanamo Bay detainees into the US. Lawyers for the detainees had argued that the Uighur's continued det....... [more]

Federal judge ordered Uighurs released from Guantanamo
October 7, 2010
On October 7, 2008, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the release 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, ruling that the Constitution forbids their indefinite detention without cause. Judge Ricardo Urbina gave the government until the end....... [more]

China court convicts Uighur journalist of endangering national security
July 23, 2010
A Chinese court on Friday convicted a Uighur journalist of endangering national security for statements made following the 2009 Xinjiang riots. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi sentenced Gheyret Niyaz, editor of uighurbiz.net and two state-run websites, to 15 years in prison after the one....... [more]

Rights group urges China to investigate Xinjiang riots
July 2, 2010
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday urged the Chinese government to launch an independent investigation into the July 2009 Xinjiang riots, after receiving new testimony contradicting the current official version of events. AI claims that police officials committed several human rights violations d....... [more]

DC Circuit refuses evidentiary hearing for Uighur detainees
May 28, 2010
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday refused to order a new evidentiary hearing in the case of five Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay. Instead, in a per curiam decision, the court reinstated its original opinion, which gives political branches exclu....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on shipment of goods,
March 24, 2010
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha v. Regal-Beloit Corporation, the court heard arguments on whether the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 applies to the inland rail transportation of goods in the US that originate out o....... [more]

US transfers 2 Uighur Guantanamo detainees to Switzerland
March 24, 2010
Two Uighurs held at Guantanamo Bay were transferred to Switzerland on Wednesday. Switzerland granted humanitarian type B residence permits allowing the two to live in the canton of Jura. Both have agreed to respect Swiss laws, learn the local language, and secure gainful employment. The US Departmen....... [more]

Supreme Court declines to rule on Guantanamo detainee transfer process
March 22, 2010
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to rule in the case known as Kiyemba II, in which the court was asked to consider issues surrounding the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees. Lawyers for four Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo were appealing an April ruling by the US Court of Appe....... [more]


    Universal Dec. of Rights of People [UNPO]

    PRC Constitution [see art. IV]

    East Turkistan Info Center [advocacy]

    Uighur HR Project [advocacy]

    Uighur Guantanamo Detainees [Wikipedia]

    Uighur People [Wikipedia]