Gitmo Chart Update: Six Detainees Released to Palau
On Saturday, the Obama administration transferred six Chinese Muslim detainees from Guantanamo to the Pacific island nation of Palau. The six men are among a group of ethnic Uighur detainees who the Obama administration has decided are not a security risk, but it has had a hard time figuring out what to do with them. The men fear persecution in China, but no other country has yet agreed to accept all of them—including the United States.
The Uighurs filed a habeas corpus case in U.S. court challenging their detention, and in October 2008, a federal judge ruled in their favor, ordering their release. The government appealed, challenging the court’s authority to order the Uighurs released into the United States. Last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.
With some of the Uighers heading to Palau, we’ve updated our interactive chart tracking every detainee whose habeas case has been decided by a U.S. judge.