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China: Condemns US Transfer of Uighurs From Guantanamo

Flag_of_ChinaChina has criticized the United States’ decision to transfer three Uighur inmates from the Guantanamo Bay prison to Slovakia.

The men were the last of 22 Uighur Muslims held at the controversial facility, which U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to close.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday the men are dangerous and should have been returned to China.

“They are genuine terrorists. They not only threaten China’s security, they will threaten the security of the country that receives them. China hopes the relevant country honors its international obligations, does not give asylum to terrorists, and sends them back to China as soon as possible,” said Qin Gang.

Beijing says the men belong to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which it says is fighting for independence in western China’s Xinjiang province.

Uighurs, the largest ethnic group in Xinjiang, complain of discrimination. Many fear they will be tortured or sent back to prison if sent to China.

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