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Abdul Ghappar Abdul Rahman

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Kucha, Xinjiang Province, China
Other names Abd Al Ghatar Abd Al Rahman,
Abdulghappar Turkistani

Abdul Ghappar Abdul Rahman is an Uyghur refugee best known for the more than seven years he spent in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] The Department of Defense reports that he was born on March 15, 1973, in Kucha, Xinjiang Province, China and assigned him the Internment Serial Number 281. He was captured near the Pakistan-Afghan border in December 2001.[2]

Rahman was one of the 22 Uighurs held in Guantanamo for many years despite it became clear early on that they were innocent.[3][4][5]

He won his habeas corpus in 2008. Judge Ricardo Urbina declared his detention as unlawful and ordered to set him free in the United States. He was sent to Palau in October 2009.

Letter from Guantanamo

On March 20, 2008 the Department of Defense released for publication a rare letter from Guantanamo, drafted in December, from a Uyghur named "Abdulghappar Turkistani".[6][7][8] According to the Associated Press "Abdulghappar Turkistani" is a 35 year old Uyghur. The letter said that all 17 remaining Uyghurs were being held in isolation, in solitary confinement, in the high security Camp 6, even though they were told the authorities recognized they were innocent in 2004. The letter said the writer had developed Rheumatism. The letter said that another Uyghur was participating in the on-going hunger strike, and was being force-fed twice a day.

  • "Being away from family, away from our homeland... being forbidden from the natural sunlight, natural air, being surrounded with a metal box all around, is not suitable for a human being,"
  • "We fail to know why we are still in jail here. We are still in hope that the US government will free us soon and send us to a safe place."

The Associated Press reported that Commander Rick Haupt, a spokesman for the detention center, said the captives were being held in "safe and humane" conditions.[6] Haupt described Camp 6 as "a state-of-the-market detention facility modeled after stateside facilities."

Camp 6 was designed to have common areas where the captives could interact with one another. But since the camp was opened in December 2006 the common areas have remained off-limits. The Associated Press reported:[6]

"In January, a Guantanamo official told AP that the military planned to allow detainees in Camp 6 to congregate for the first time in indoor communal areas for the first time to ease tension in the prison. It was unknown when that would begin."

On June 12, 2008 the United States Supreme Court restored the Guantanamo captives' access to the USA's civilian justice system in its ruling on Boumediene v. Bush. Specifically it re-initiated the captives' habeas corpus petitions. In an unrelated development Huzaifa Parhat's DTA appeal concluded that his Combatant Status Review Tribunal had erred in confirming he was an "enemy combatant", due to insufficient evidence. The Department of Justice had the option of appealing the ruling, claiming it had new evidence. The Uyghurs' habeas petitions were the first to be scheduled for review. In September 2008, days before the Department of Justice would have been expected to offer a justification in court for the Uyghurs' detention, and after six and half years of extrajudicial detention, the Department of Justice acknowledged the evidence to justify their detention did not exist.

Temporary Asylum in Palau

In June 2009 the government of Palau announced that they would offer temporary asylum to some of the Uyghurs.[9][10][11] The government of Palau sent a delegation Guantanamo, and interviewed some of the remaining Uyghurs.[12] Some of the Uyghurs declined to be interviewed by the Palauns. In the end the government of Palau offered asylum to twelve of the remaining thirteen Uyghurs. Palau declined to offer asylum to one of the Uyghurs who suffered from a mental disorder, brought on by detention, that was too profound to be treated in Palau.[13]

On October 31, 2009 "Abdul Ghappar Abdul Rahman" Ahmad Tourson, Edham Mamet, Anwar Hassan, Dawut Abdurehim and Adel Noori were released and transferred to Palau.[9][10][11][14][15][16]


  1. OARDEC (May 15, 2006). "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. "Abdul Ghappar Abdul Rahman - The Guantánamo Docket". The New York Times. 
  3. Delahunt, Bill; Willett, Sabin (2009-04-02). "Innocent detainees need a home". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. 
  4. 17 Innocent Uighurs Detained at Guantánamo Ask Supreme Court for Release | Center for Constitutional Rights Template:WebCite
  5. China's Uighurs trapped at Guantanamo, Asia Times, November 4, 2004 Template:WebCite
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ben Fox (19 March 2008). "Chinese Muslims issue plea for freedom as Guantanamo release stalls". MSNBC. Archived from the original on 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2008-03-24. "The prisoner, from a vast province on China's Central Asian border, complains in a letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press that he and the other Uighurs were told in 2004 and 2005 that they would be let go, yet they languish in windowless, cramped cells." 
  7. "Uighur inmate in Guantanamo plea". BBC. 20 March 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2008-03-24. "Abdulghappar Turkistani, 35, is one of a group of 17 Chinese Muslims who have been held at the US camp for six years." 
  8. "'Free' Uighurs stuck in Guantanamo". Al Jazeera. 20 March 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2008-03-24. "In a rare direct appeal from inside Guantanamo Bay, a Chinese Muslim has said he is continuing to be held in harsh conditions at the US detention centre, despite being told years ago that he was innocent and would be released." 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "United States Transfers Six Uighur Detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Palau". United States Department of Justice. 2009-10-31. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 David Johnston (2009-10-31). "Uighurs Leave Guantánamo for Palau". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Guantanamo Uighurs sent to Palau". BBC News. 2009-10-31. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. 
  12. John M. Glionna (2009-06-15). "Palau president remains calm as storm brews on island". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-05. "He has sent a delegation to Guantanamo to interview the men, who will be placed in a halfway house here until longer-term housing and jobs can be found."  [ mirror mirror
  13. "Six Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay are reportedly moved to Palau". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2012-07-05. "Four Uighur detainees were resettled in Bermuda this year. In addition to the six just arrived, Palau has offered to take six of the seven others still held at Guantanamo. One remaining Uighur did not receive an invitation to Palau over concerns about his mental health."  mirror
  14. "Six Guantanamo Uighurs arrive in Palau: US". Agence France Presse. 2009-10-31. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. 
  15. "6 Muslim Uighur Detainees From Guantanamo Arrive In Palau". Pacific News Center. 2009-11-01. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  16. Trung Quốc phản đối việc Hoa Kỳ đưa khủng bố người Uighur tới Palau Template:Vi icon

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