Last of Uighur Chinese detainees freed from Guantanamo

BY newsdesk  December 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM EDT

The Defense Department announced Tuesday the release of three Chinese Uighurs from the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It’s the last group of the ethnic Chinese who were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The Uighurs are a minority in China who say they face widespread discrimination there. The Chinese government contends that they are part of a population that contains militant separatists.

The three who were recently released, Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper, are resettling in Slovakia.

The PBS NewsHour weekend show looked at the story of six former Uighur prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. The men spent eight years in detention before being cleared of any wrongdoing by U.S. courts and then found themselves stranded in a legal and political limbo on the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau. You can watch the report below:



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