Switzerland admits two Uyghurs for humanitarian reasons
Press Release, FDJP, 03.02.2010
Bern. Today the Federal Council decided to admit for humanitarian reasons two Uyghurs with Chinese citizenship, who have been imprisoned in Guantánamo for years by the USA without being charged with a crime nor condemned. Yesterday the Jura Government declared it was prepared to issue a residence permit for the two Uyghurs. The Federal Council has now instructed the Federal Office for Migration (FOM) to approve the issue of the permits.
After the Canton Geneva declared it was prepared to take in the Uzbec citizen, on 16 December 2009 the Federal Council decided to grant him admission for humanitarian reasons. Following yesterday's ultimate statement of the Canton Jura concerning its willingness to admit the two Uyghurs, in today's meeting the Federal Council decided to take them in too for humanitarian reasons. The two have expressly undertaken to respect the values of the Swiss Constitution and the law in force, to learn the language spoken in their place of residence and to provide for their basic needs as far as possible.