The United States government detained twenty-two Uyghurs in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp since 2002. As of today the three Uyghurs Yusef Abbas, Hajiakbar Abdulghupur and Saidullah Khalik remain in Guantanamo and have filed cases in US courts to obtain the right to be brought to the United States. Several support groups in the US, especially in Washington D.C., have expressed their will to integrate these men into their community.
Uyghurs are an ethnic group from Central Asia and Xinjiang province in western China.
The Washington Post reported on August 24, 2005 that fifteen Uyghurs had been determined to be "No longer enemy combatants" (NLECs). The Post reported that detainees who had been classified as NLEC were, not only still being incarcerated, but one was shackled to the floor for reasons not disclosed by his attorney. Five of these Uyghurs, who had filed for writs of habeas corpus, were transported to Albania on May 5, 2006 just prior to a scheduled judicial review of their petitions. The other seventeen obtained writs of habeas corpus in 2008.
Read more about Hozaifa Parhat: Common Elements in The Allegations, Combatant Status Review Tribunal Results, Asylum in Albania, Deal Between The US and The PRC To Persecute Them?, Held in Isolation, in Camp Six, Passage of The Military Commissions Act and The Detainee Treatment Act, Asylum Negotiations, Supreme Court's Ruling in Boumediene V. Bush, Parhat V. Gates, Motions Following Boumediene V. Bush, Petition To Be Moved From Solitary Confinement, No Longer Classed As "enemy Combatants", Supreme Court To Rule On Whether The Judiciary Can Force Captives To Be Released in The United State, The Uyghur Detainees