Uruguay Takes In Several Guantanamo Bay Prisoners After President Mujica’s Offer
After the second time the outgoing Uruguayan President José Mujica urged President Obama to release the “human beings who [are] suffering an atrocious kidnapping at Guantanamo” and reiterated his offer to take several detainees in, the U.S. government obliged. Monday, six Guantanamo Bay prisoners were sent to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, to re-establish themselves after a dozen years in prison.
The Associated Press:
Six men who were locked away for more than 12 years on the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay spent Monday in the seclusion of a military hospital in Uruguay’s capital, speaking to family by phone, getting medical check-ups and preparing for a gradual introduction to their new lives in this South American country….
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica agreed to accept the men as a humanitarian gesture and said they would be given help getting established in a country of 3.3 million people that has a total Muslim population of perhaps 300.
Uruguay already had taken in 42 Syrian civil war refugees, who arrived in October, and has said it will take about 80 more….The U.S. now holds 67 men at Guantanamo who have been cleared for release or transfer but, like the six sent to Uruguay, can’t go home because they might face persecution, a lack of security or some other reason.
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