The Christian Science Monitor reports that two of the detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are not terrorist suspects but the men cannot win release anyway because no country in the world will accept them.
Abu Bakker Qassim and Adel Abdu al-Hakim, who were captured in Afghanistan during the U.S. invasion, are members of the Uighur minority religious and ethnic group which has been the target of a Chinese government crackdown in recent years. No other country has been willing to take them and the US will not return them to China because of fear they may be the victims of human rights abuses. In addition, the Bush administration refuses to allow them to enter the U.S. because it could create a legal precedent that might be used by lawyers for other Guantánamo detainees. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their petition for release this week, the paper said.