Mehmet Tohti, executive director of the Uighur Rights Advocacy Project, said in three such cases the men are being victimized a second time by not being granted permanent residency. He believes it is due to the spectre of their Guantanamo Bay detentions.

“I don’t believe there is any security risk or threat for our safety,” he said. “Basically, Canada is pushing them to prove themselves innocent (of) the sins they have never committed.”