On 18 February 2009, a US federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling issued four months earlier ordering the release into the USA of 17 Uighurs held without charge at the US Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The 17 men have been held in the base for more than seven years, with most of them cleared for release since 2003.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments en route to China that contentious issues such as human rights “can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crises,” send the wrong message to the Chinese government, Human Rights Watch said today. Secretary Clinton also suggested that on human rights issues it “might be better [for the US and China] to agree to disagree.”
Efforts by President Barack Obama's administration to close down the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay came under more pressure Wednesday, as a federal appeals court overturned a district court ruling that would have released 17 Chinese Muslim detainees into the United States.
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.