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20-02-09, 14:49
Lawyer for Guantanamo Bay Uyghurs Vows To Fight

2009-02-20
A lawyer for 17 ethnic Uyghurs held at Guantanamo Bay says he could take his fight for their release to the Supreme Court.


Undated photo of Sabin Willet. Courtesy of Sabin Willet WASHINGTON—The lead lawyer for 17 ethnic Uyghurs held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is vowing to fight a new legal order keeping the men in U.S. military custody and is calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to free them quickly.

“We are bloodied but unbowed. We will fight this,” Sabin Willet, who represents the 17 Uyghurs—Muslims from China's northwestern Xinjiang region—said in a telephone interview on his way back from visiting the men at Guantanamo Bay.

“Precisely what our next legal filing will be we have not decided, but the courts have not heard the last from us,” said Willet, who spent all day Thursday with the detainees and translator Rushan Abbas at Guantanamo.

“There is a mechanism for seeking further review in the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court is a second option.”

There is deep disappointment and frustration among these men."

Sabin Willet, lawyer

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed an earlier ruling that the Uyghurs—who have been cleared of the terrorism charges on which they were initially detained—must be released in the United States.

The panel said a federal judge who ordered the men released into the United States in October 2008 lacks the authority to make such a ruling, and that only the executive branch can make such a determination.

The Uyghurs have remained at Guantanamo because the United States has been unable to find a country willing to take them and won't return them to China because they would face persecution there.

Albania, which took in five other Uyghurs in 2006 after they were released from Guantanamo, has balked at welcoming the others—apparently fearing reprisals from Beijing.

The 17 detainees “are deeply disappointed and frustrated,” Willet said. “They were a few hours from freedom on Oct. 9… This is a long time to be in a military prison. There is deep disappointment and frustration among these men.”

“At the same time we mean to remind President Obama every day that this is his problem. The court concluded that the courts can’t solve this problem, and that’s wrong, but that’s what they concluded,” Willet said.

Obama “can solve this problem, and he should do it, and he should do it tomorrow morning,” he said.

Willet said his clients were being held in better conditions recently, with military officials “working hard in the last two weeks to arrange calls” between the detainees and their families.

The Uyghur detainees resettled in Albania have tried to send letters to the Uyghurs still held at Guantanamo, he said, although whether they reached Guantanamo was unclear. He also said his request for a phone call to his clients from the Uyghurs in Albania hasn’t been met.

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The Obama administration has vowed to close the Guantanamo detention facility within a year but hasn’t decided what to do with the 245 detainees still held in custody there.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled in October that there was no evidence the Uyghur detainees were "enemy combatants" or a security risk and ordered them freed to live with Uyghur families in the United States.

The Chinese government says the men are members of the outlawed East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which Beijing and Washington regard as a terrorist organization. Beijing blames ETIM for a series of violent attacks inside China in recent years.

China's Foreign Ministry warned this week that it was "opposed to any country accepting those people."

It also repeated its call for their repatriation. "We think that the Chinese terrorist subjects held in Guantanamo Bay should be handed over to China to be dealt with in accordance with the law," it said.

Uyghurs twice enjoyed short-lived independence after declaring the state of East Turkestan during the 1930s and 40s, and many oppose Beijing’s rule in the region. Chinese officials have said Uyghur extremists plotted terrorist strikes during the Beijing Olympics.

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20-02-09, 16:16
why you guys doesn't like post news with source?

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21-02-09, 12:14
Seems like it is this news, source and link.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/fight-02202009112555.html


why you guys doesn't like post news with source?

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21-02-09, 13:31
Seems like it is this news, source and link.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/fight-02202009112555.html

Thank you very much!

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21-02-09, 23:41
Dear Sabin,
Ofcourse, you do not who I am, but as an Uyghur, we know you. For me, you are the most respected American I have ever known. I admire you as a person. Most of all, I respect you, you are our hero!!

Wish you and your family all the best!!, I know God bless the person who is helping for the week.

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22-02-09, 15:21
Dear Sabin, we cannot express our gratitute for your fight on this case! You are a hero for all uyghurs and you give us hope and give us courage. We appreciate everything you do! Please do not give up on those innocent men and keep fighting for them as you said you would! Thank you Sabin!! We pray for your health and prosperity for your family. PLease do not ever forget that all uyghurs around world THANK YOU for what you are doing!!! You are leading a war against injust and you are dfending the weak people's basic human rights!

Thank you Sabin!
22-02-09, 15:40
Thank you Sabin! we are thanks for what you are doing for Uyghurs!!!



Dear Sabin, we cannot express our gratitute for your fight on this case! You are a hero for all uyghurs and you give us hope and give us courage. We appreciate everything you do! Please do not give up on those innocent men and keep fighting for them as you said you would! Thank you Sabin!! We pray for your health and prosperity for your family. PLease do not ever forget that all uyghurs around world THANK YOU for what you are doing!!! You are leading a war against injust and you are dfending the weak people's basic human rights!

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24-02-09, 00:10
When 17 Uyghurs free Mr. Sabin should take a picture with them together so that every Uyghur can frame it and a hang it in their houses to remember this important and difficult journey for Uyghurs. Their freedom is not just about them, it is about the other 10 million Uyghurs, their perception of the world and justice. I do not know if those 17 guys understand what is going on in the outside world about their fate. People around the world who cares about justice rallying for them because of the efforts of Mr. Sabin and other lawyers. Their efforts will be the foundation of the healing process for those 17 Uyghurs once they freed from this confusing and seemingly crazy ordeal. They will be able realize when they see the real world with their eyes the monumental efforts of thise group of selfless people. That will help them restore their faith in justice and people of the world. We should all appreciate what they have done for the 17 Uyghurs and for us. Thanks Mr. Sabin, thanks very much.

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24-02-09, 12:26
GOD BLESS AMERICA! Mr:Sabin god bless you and your family!

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24-02-09, 12:36
Thank you first black president BARACK H OBAMA .GOD BLESS AMERICA AND YOUR FAMILY!also tanks to Mr:Sabin and yours family!