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Three Uyghur Guantanamo Detainees Headed To Slovakia

Activists wearing orange jumpsuits mark the 100th day of a prisoners' hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay during a protest in May in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.
Activists wearing orange jumpsuits mark the 100th day of a prisoners' hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay during a protest in May in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.
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The United States has announced the last three Uyghur detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba will be released and sent to Slovakia.

Slovakia's Interior Ministry confirmed the transfer of the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic group whose traditional homeland is the Xinjiang region of western China.

The ministry said the three Uyghurs were people "who have not been...accused of the crime of terrorism."

Slovakia has already accepted three detainees from Guantanamo -- an Egyptian, an Algerian, and a Tunisian.

U.S. President Barack Obama promised to close down the Guantanamo facility when he took office in 2009.

Guantanamo has been used to hold terrorist suspects captured overseas, and there are still some 150 prisoners being held there.

The three Uyghurs were caught in Afghanistan in 2001.

Based on reporting by CTK and Reuters

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