The four freed Guantanamo prisoners met with civil rights campaigner Reverend Al Sharpton this week and asked him to highlight the cause of their 'brothers' still languishing in the notorious Cuban prison camp.

Reverend Sharpton jetted into Bermuda to show his support for Premier Dr Ewart Brown over his 'humanitarian action' to offer the four men sanctuary in Bermuda.

And the vocal radio-show has promised to take up the cause of the 13 Uighurs still in legal limbo at the U.S.-run detention centre, despite being declared


At a press conference on Monday Reverend Sharpton praised Bermuda's 'moral leadership' saying they had 'taken a risk to be right'.

And he said the decision was already having a domino-effect around the world.

""We must have a world where people rise above politics and give priority to the preservation of human life and dignity.

"In that spirit we have other nations that are extending the same conduct. Italy and others are following the tone set in this nation."

Dr Brown has taken a political beating for his decision to offer a new home to the Gitmo four without consulting the Governor, parliament or even his own cabinet. One poll on Monday, showed his approval ratings had slumped to 24 per cent.

But Reverend Sharpton said morality should trump political concerns.

"If you come out of the ghetto, like I did, you worry afterwards whose mess it was and how it was cleaned up. The main thing is to get the mess cleaned up."

He said he had called the Premier last week but had wanted to thank him in person for what he had done.

"I was never more proud than to see them (Bermuda) take the risk to be right and that should be encouraged by all nations.

"We must raise the morality of our actions above and beyond the


'Moral leadership'

Reverend Sharpton refused to publically condemn the U.S. for its refusal to allow the Uighurs to settle in America.

He insisted he was here to salute the 'moral leadership' of Bermuda and not to condemn the lack of it in the U.S.

Dr, Brown, who has condemned some of his critics as racially motivated in a speech on Saturday morning, now appears to have more support from overseas than he does in his own country.

"I'm not a popular guy right now," he admitted, "but I'm more concerned with the correctness of the gesture."

He added that with 'time and understanding' the community would come to respect his decision and his approval ratings would take a turn for the better.

Reverend Bishop Vernon Lambe of the First Church of God, speaking on behalf of the Bermuda clergy, urged Bermudians to treat the Uighurs with compassion despite the political and legal concerns they may have over how the decision was taken.

"I am sure that those who have sought refuge here will be blessed to come into contact with a spirit of hospitality and community that Bermudians have innate.

"We have always been a compassionate community and we will not stop now."