“Time sensitive”? Bermuda’s acceptance of former Guantanamo detainees

Some readers will remember the fact that, in 2009, the Bermuda Government offered to host 4 former detainees that had been held at Guantanamo Bay, whom the US Government wished to release, but not on US soil.

The Bermuda Government did so, however, without the prior knowledge or approval of the UK Government, and without making full and proper arrangements for the 4 individuals (who were of Uighur – Chinese Muslim – origin) to acquire British Passports or Bermudian Status (thereby preventing them from further international travel, and restricting their legal rights to those of non-Bermudian residents of Bermuda).

The story was covered at the time by many international media publications, including the BBC and the New York Times:


In 2013, the media reported that the 4 gentlemen were hoping to apply for British naturalization:


In 2014, the media reported that the 4 gentlemen still remained in legal limbo:



The story was revisited by the media in February 2016, when some of Hilary Clinton’s emails from 2009 were published, which made reference to this “time sensitive” matter.


It would be interesting to know the current position, some 7 years later, given the “time sensitivity” of this issue in 2009.



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