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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Exiles from Conscience: The Uighurs

National Public Radio reports:

After an eight-year odyssey, four Muslims from China have been banished to — of all places — Bermuda. The four were among a group of Uighurs — members of a Turkic ethnic group from China's Xinjiang province — who fled China in the summer of 2001, claiming religious persecution. They slipped across the border into Afghanistan. Later, they crossed into Pakistan, where they were swept up by Pakistani security services. They were eventually jailed in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Uighurs were later declared innocent of terrorism, and the U.S. has been trying to place them somewhere ever since. Returning them to China would probably mean torture. Four of them were sent to Bermuda in the past week, accompanied by their interpreter, Rushan Abbas.

link: Uighurs' Translator Reflects On Their Odyssey : NPR


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