Saturday, April 21, 2012
For the first time since 2011, two detainees have been released from detention at Guantanamo Bay. The pair, Abdul Razak and Ahmed Mohamed, are Uighurs from China and they have accepted an offer of resettlement from the El Salvadorian government. The two men were captured near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2001 and have been held without charge for a decade. The U.S. government refused China's demand for their return fearing that they would face persecution.
Their release leaves 169 detainees still at Guantanamo Bay, including the remaining 3 of the original 22 Uighurs. The other Uighurs were released to Albania, Bermuda, Palau and Switzerland. These last three Uighurs have also been cleared for release, but have not yet agreed to offers of resettlement.