Some good news at last, as two prisoners are freed from Guantánamo
Today, "Close Guantánamo" reports on the release of two prisoners from Guantánamo. The two men -- Abdul Razak Qadir (profiled here in February) and Ahmed Mohamed -- are Uighurs (Muslims from China's Xinjiang province), who were given new homes in El Salvador after ten years in Guantánamo.
First cleared by a U.S. judge in October 2008, they had waited until now for a third country to offer them a new home that they regarded as being safe from the long reach of the Chinese government, and we wish them the best of luck in their new home.
Until these two men were freed, it had been 15 months since a prisoner was released from Guantánamo, and when we set up the "Close Guantánamo" campaign and website on the 10th anniversary of the opening of the prison, one of our major motivations was our desire to raise awareness of the distressing fact that all releases had ground to a halt because of cynical Congressional obstruction,
This was in spite of the fact that 89 of the 171 men still held on the anniversary had been cleared for release by President Obama's interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force, which analyzed all the prisoners' cases in 2009.
As explained in today's article, we hope that these releases will lead to others, including some of the men profiled on tis website over the last few months -- Shaker Aamer, for example, the last British resident, whose story was reported here and here, and Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian profiled here last week, who has also been seeking resettlement in Central or South America, and whose ongoing detention was recently condemned by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
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