For the Guardian’s Comment is free, this is my take on the response of European governments to the proposed resettlement of Guantánamo prisoners who cannot be repatriated because of fears that they will be tortured, and, perhaps, to others who have not yet been cleared for release by the Pentagon, but against whom no case has been established that will lead to a trial.
In it, I look at differing responses throughout the EU countries, France’s call for an EU-wide solution, British wavering, the importance of Lord Goldsmith’s call for support for rehousing former prisoners, and why Barack Obama should take the lead by resettling 17 Uighurs in the United States (Muslims from China’s Xinjiang province, who had been seized and sold to US forces in December 2001).
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed.
Writer, campaigner, investigative journalist and commentator. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer.
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