SIDDIQUI: DRAGON SLAYER STILL FEARLESS

Originally published by: Toronto Star / On Sun Dec 06 2009

By Haroon Siddiqui

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Rebiya Kadeer, exiled leader of Uighurs in west of China, took her call for peaceful change to Tokyo. (Oct. 20, 2009)

She is the equivalent of the Dalai Lama – a leader in exile, battling Beijing over the persecution of her people in China.

Her story is even more compelling.

Whereas the Tibetan leader was anointed a child god and, at age 24, whisked out of China in 1959 on a donkey over the Himalayas to exile in India where he remains, she was a dirt-poor housewife who walked out on her abusive husband, became a multi-millionaire entrepreneur and a human rights activist, married a fellow-dissident and was persecuted and jailed.

It was only in 2005 that the mother of 11 – indeed “the Mother of all Uighurs” – was released under American pressure, and now wages her non-violent campaign from exile in Washington, D.C.

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UIGHURS USING MISSIONARY RAILWAY TO FLEE CHINA

Oriiginally published by : AP / Dec 04, 2009

By ISOLDA MORILLO and CARA ANNA

BEIJING — An underground network of Christian missionaries that usually works with North Korean refugees says it has helped smuggle nearly two dozen Muslim Uighurs out of China following last summer’s deadly ethnic violence and the subsequent government crackdown.

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THREE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR XINJIANG RIOTS

Herald Sun / From: AFP / December 05, 2009 1:20AM

A CHINESE court today sentenced three more people to death for their roles in July’s ethnic violence, bringing the total number of those condemned to 17.

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UIGHURS IN CAMBODIA TO SEEK ASYLUM

Originally published by: Phnom Penh Post / Friday, 04 December 2009 15:05

Sebastian Strangio and Sam Rith    .

ETHNIC Uighurs who participated in violent demonstrations against the Chinese government earlier this year have travelled to Cambodia in a bid to seek political asylum, rights advocates said Thursday, sparking concerns that the government will ignore their requests and deport them to China.

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CHINA DEATH SENTENCES OVER RIOTS

Originally Published by: BBC 2009/12/03

A court in China’s Xinjiang region has sentenced five people to death for murder and other crimes over deadly ethnic riots in July, state media said.

Two other people were sentenced to life imprisonment, Xinhua news agency said.

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UYGHUR ASYLUM BID IN CAMBODIA

Originally published by: Radio Free Asia

2009-12-03

PHNOM PENH—China has tightened its southeastern border after several groups of ethnic Uyghurs managed to bribe their way into Vietnam and then Cambodia to avoid possible detention for allegedly taking part in deadly ethnic riots in July, Uyghur sources in Asia say.

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Uighur protesters land in Cambodia

Originally published by: Washington Post / Thursday, December 3, 2009

By John Pomfret / Washington Post Staff Writer

Twenty-two members of a Chinese ethnic group who participated in violent demonstrations against China last summer have surfaced in Cambodia, sparking concerns that Cambodia will ignore their requests for asylum and return them to China.

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Uyghur Pressed to Spy

Originally published by: RFA

2009-12-02

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Undated photo of Kamirdin Abdurahman. Photo: RFA

HONG KONG—Authorities in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang detained a Pakistani national and member of the Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority for “harming public order” before asking him to infiltrate Uyghur groups back in Pakistan, the man said in a recent interview.

Kamirdin Abdurahman, 41, a second-generation Uyghur Pakistani, had returned to Xinjiang for the first time since the regional capital Urumqi was rocked by ethnic violence in July.

“I have traveled to my homeland many times since the 1980s, but this time I was surprised, shocked, and scared by what I encountered,” he said.

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