Two Uighurs Released from Gitmo to El Salvador
April 20, 2012 - 7:24 am
The Department of Defense announced yesterday that it has sent two Uighur detainees from Guantanamo Bay to El Salvador.
The U.S. had held 22 Uighurs in Guantanamo at the peak. The Chinese Muslims claimed that their foe was the PRC, not the United States.
China has demanded the return of the Gitmo Uighurs, but the U.S. has refused, citing the persecution they’re likely to face from the regime.
The two were subject to release by an Oct. 7, 2008, order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They agreed to voluntarily resettle in El Salvador, according to the Department of Defense.
Other Uighurs have been resettled in Albania, Bermuda, Palau, and Switzerland as the U.S. tries to find homes for them.
Today, 169 detainees remain at the detention center in Guantanamo.