June 18, 2009
It turns out that the United States wasn’t the only government conducting interrogations of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. With the permission of the Bush administration, representatives of the People’s Republic of China were allowed in 2002 to interrogate, threaten and abuse a group of Uighur detainees held at the U.S. military base. Five Chinese interrogators were allowed to see the anti-Communists, who were captured during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, even though the Uighurs objected to the meeting.
According to four Uighurs who have been released by the U.S. and are now in Bermuda, the Chinese questioned some of their colleagues for 18 hours straight in extreme cold, depriving them of food and sleep. It was also reported that the night before the interrogations began, American soldiers were instructed to wake up the Uighurs every 15 minutes, in an effort to “soften them up” for the Chinese interrogators....