Seventeen Chinese Muslims who have been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for seven years will now have to wait still longer to discover whether a U.S. appeals court will confirm or reverse a judge's earlier decision that they be immediately released into the United States.
Most featured writers at this year's International Festival of Authors will spend Toronto's 29th annual literary happening engaged in readings, panel discussions, book signings and media interviews, with time out maybe to catch up with cherished friends and colleagues over an evening of dinner and drinks.
On Oct. 7, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order, unprecedented over the last seven years, directing the government to release immediately 17 Chinese Muslims held at Guantánamo into the continental United States by the end of that week.
As a federal judge put it, it's time "to shine the light of constitutionality" on the legal black hole of Guantanamo Bay, the offshore lockup that continues to shame this country, its traditions, and the anti-terrorism fight.
In 1980 while on a climbing expedition in the Sinkiang province of China, I was one of two from our group asked by the Chinese hosts to teach an English class to a group of professional (engineers, teachers, doctors), educated Han Chinese who advanced their careers by studying English.
Civil rights groups in the United States had lauded Tuesday's Federal Court decision to release 17 Chinese Muslim Uyghurs held without charges for seven years at the infamous US military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Now, it seems they spoke to soon.
A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi, details widespread human rights violations committed by the People’s Republic of China in the wake of unrest in Urumchi on July 5, 2009.