October 12, 2008

Petition for Justice for Uyghur Detainees

17 Uighur detainees still stuck in limbo at Guantanamo Bay:

Demand Justice for the Uighurs Now!

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17 Uighur detainees held at Guantánamo

In a landmark ruling on October 7, 2008, Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered the government to release into the USA the 17 Uighur detainees still held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The government had earlier conceded that the 17 men are not "enemy combatants", but the government appealed the order, arguing that it "directly conflicts with the basic principle that the decision whether to admit an alien into the United States rests exclusively with the Executive".

On October 8, the appeals court granted a temporary stay to allow the government time to file its appeal. As Judge Urbina noted, "the separation of powers does not trump the right to liberty." [my bold] Call on the U.S. government to comply with the order, drop its appeals, bring the Uighur detainees into the USA, and work to find lawful, fair, safe and durable solutions in all their cases.

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