FIRST UIGHUR REFUGEES ARRIVE IN PALAU

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Six of 12 Guantanamo detainees settle in Koror

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Oct. 31, 2009) – The United States is reported to have sent six Uighur Chinese detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba to the Pacific island nation of Palau.

The New York based Center for Constitutional Rights says the six Uighurs have landed in Palau.

[PIR editor’s note: According to the BBC, a law firm representing three of the six Uighurs released from Guantanamo on Saturday confirmed that they had arrived safely at their new home in the main town of Koror.]

The transfer leaves 215 detainees at the detention camp which President Barack Obama has pledged to close by January 22.

Palau has agreed to take up to 12 Uighurs who come from China's largely Muslim far-west region of Xinjiang.

Beijing has demanded they be returned to China, but the U.S. government has refused, saying they would face persecution.

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