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Some Guantanamo Detainees Headed For Palau

Jun 13, 2009 (Weekend Edition Saturday)

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The tiny island nation of Palau (pop. 21,000) has agreed to take in Uighur detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison. The Uighurs, Muslim separatists from western China, have been judged not to be enemy combatants — i.e., they are not a threat to the United States — but Congress won't allow them to settle in America. Most other countries won't accept them for fear of angering China, which regards them as terrorists and demands their repatriation for trial.

NPR's Michael Sullivan talks with host Scott Simon about what awaits the Uighurs in Palau.

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