Swiss urged to accept Guantánamo inmates

Human rights activists have urged the Swiss government to give shelter on humanitarian grounds to two ethnic Uighurs held in the United States’ military prison of Guantánamo.

“The two brothers are the unluckiest of the unlucky,” said Elizabeth Gilson, an American lawyer who represents them. She said even the US government admitted that the members of the Muslim community in northwestern China were not terrorists but refugees. “There is no evidence to believe that they are dangerous,” Gilson told journalists on Thursday. She is visiting Switzerland for talks with government officials.

The two brothers are part of a group of more than 20 Uighurs, arrested in Afghanistan and Pakistan, suspected of links to militant Muslim organisations following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US.