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Rebiya Kadeer
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Rebiya Kadeer, 64, is the Uyghur democracy leader. An advocate for the rights of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan, she established a multimillion-dollar trading company and worked to provide opportunities for disadvantaged Uyghurs. Previously held up as a model of Uyghur success, she fell from government favor after she began calling upon the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to change its repressive policies against the Uyghurs. Kadeer spent nearly six years in prison before being released to the U.S. in 2005, after which she has continued advocating on behalf of Uyghur human rights. Kadeer’s children and other family members have frequently been persecuted by PRC authorities in retaliation for her human rights advocacy. In 2006, two of her sons were sentenced to seven and nine years in prison in a politically-motivated process. The sentences were handed down shortly after her election as President of the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur American Association.

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Disdain for International Human Rights Standards Causes Uyghurs to Flee China, the Same Contempt Forcibly Returns Them

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:20 PM

On July 8, the Thai government forcibly returned 109 Uyghur refugees to China. By delivering these individuals into the hands of their persecutors, Thailand contravened international law. The action received widespread criticism. The United Nations, the United States, the European Union, Turkey and human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International...

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The United States Must Press China's Vice President on the Plight of the Uighur People

(37) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 2:52 PM

By the end of the year, Chinese Vice President Xi Jingping, who visits the United States this week, will have been installed as China's President. As the era of Xi's rule begins, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and other top Administration officials should tell him directly that America's historic commitment...

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Chinese People Should Listen to Their Hearts, Not the Propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party

(56) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 8:21 PM

The Chinese people have the great fortune of possessing a long and illustrious civilization. Their achievements in science and the arts are a legacy that Chinese people should be rightfully proud of; however, in contemporary China the Han Chinese people share some of the same misfortunes as the Uyghur people...

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When History Catches Up With Authoritarianism

(21) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 9:43 AM

The swell of people power across the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks has laid bare the human yearning for freedom from the injustices of authoritarian dictatorships. Across an entire region the calls for democracy and human rights have shown that oppressed peoples cannot indefinitely tolerate corrupt leaders...

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Internet Restored, But the Evils of Han Chauvinism, Party-State Despotism and Bankrupt Communism Remain

(24) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 1:29 PM

On May 14, residents of East Turkestan rediscovered the Internet -- not the Internet of unfettered access that is enjoyed the world over, but a lifting of the most draconian Internet restrictions ever seen so that people could finally access China's censored version. For 10 months, starting from the July...

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