17 Chinese prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay will stay there indefinitely pending an appeal of a judge’s decision that they be released, the Guardian reports. “They were on freedom's doorstep," their frustrated lawyer said. “The plane was at Gitmo.” Refugee and religious organizations in the US have offered to take the men in. They were captured by Pakistani troops in Afghanistan in 2001 and turned over to the US, but they have never been charged with any crimes.
Neither the US nor more than 100 other countries asked will take the men in, in part because the US says they “are linked to an organization that the State Department has labeled to be a terrorist entity.” The men are members of the Uighur ethnic group, which is seeking autonomy in western China. "Just permit these men one shred of human dignity," their lawyer said.