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Gitmo is a travesty, but don’t send them here!
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, February 28, 2008

In a sort of human-rights version of NIMBY, members of the EU, who have roundly criticized the US for Guantanamo, have declined to allow detainees scheduled for release to settle there:
European countries have been urged to allow detainees in Guantanamo Bay to settle on their soil.

In a letter sent to the European Parliament this week, John Bellinger, legal adviser to the U.S. State Department, said that around 25 of the 275 people still being held in the controversial camp have been "cleared for release or transfer but cannot be repatriated because of long-standing human rights concerns with respect to their countries of origin."

According to Bellinger, European Union member states have been approached by the U.S. on a bilateral basis over the past 12 months with requests that they accept some of these detainees. So far, however, this effort has not resulted in any transfers, he said.
But why?
The main reason, she added, why governments from Europe do not wish to accept detainees from Guantanamo is because "they do not want to accept their responsibilities."
Or, if they're really honest, what they may be responsible for doing or fomenting.
 
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Remember this:
European foreign ministers meet on Monday to try to decide the fate of the 13 Palestinian militants deported to Cyprus following the end of the stand-off at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.

Under a deal brokered last week, the group was flown out of the Middle East in return for Israel lifting the siege and withdrawing from the town.

But their current location is temporary and no final destination has yet been agreed.

The militants are expected to leave in the first half of the week, but ministers still have to agree where they should go.

The BBC’s Tim Franks in Brussels says the affair has been a huge diplomatic bungle - initially the plan was for Italy to take them all but no-one told the Italian Government.
I wonder what ever happened to those fine people.

 
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