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    Rebiya Kadeer

    The Chinese government is blaming the violence in its west on a woman named Rebiya Kadeer. They are calling her a “an ironclad separatist colluding with terrorists and Islamic extremists.” The Chinese Communist Party has a long and estranged relationship with the truth. And the vilification of Kadeer ranks right up there with their portrayal of Dalai Lama as an “evil splitist.” (In fact, the People’s Daily has called Kadeer a “Uighur Dalai Lama.”)

    The government rhetoric is primarily aimed at a domestic audience, intended to stir Han Chinese nationalism as the basis for a legitimacy and unity that communist ideology cannot provide. But in Kadeer’s case, the rhetoric is a two-fer. It is deliberately and cynically aimed at biases and fears in the West.

    Don’t believe any of it. Rebiya Kadeer is a democracy and human rights activist, former political prisoner in China, freed in large part due to intensive support from the United States. She is President of the Uighur American Association and the World Uighur Congress – two organizations supported financially by the National Endowment for Democracy.

    You can read Kadeer’s take on the violence in Western China here. One can only hope that the Obama Administration reads it, too. The White House and Secretary of State have called on “all sides to exercise restraint”. Certainly, the Administration is right to condemn violence against innocent civilians, whatever their ethnicity. But to boil the situation down to a moral equivalent, fault-on-both-sides sort of thing is cruel. The Chinese government has a basic monopoly on use of force. And it is the underlying oppression of the central government that has made Xinjiang the powder keg it is.

    Calling on all sides to exercise restraint is a classic State Department way of saying nothing. But as suspicions grow about the Administration’s penchant for valueless foreign policy, its “nothing” says a whole lot.

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    12 Responses to Who is Rebiya Kadeer?

    1. Pingback: Who is Rebiya Kadeer? « Conservative Thoughts and Profundity

    2. Barb -mn says:

      She is a beautiful, remarkable woman with strength, dignity and courage. Someone THE WORLD could learn from!

      The people who would most benefit from the STRENGTH AND COURAGE of Rebiya Kadeer, are the ones who have never had strength, courage, or doesn't know human decency, those who fear her and THOSE WHO LOST THEIR STRENGTH AND DIGNITY, turning traitor to this country.

      The life of Rebiya Kadeer should be mandated study in all tax paid, public schools.

    3. peter,China says:

      I am a chirstan of brethren church in China.I will never say any words against my faith,so believe me.

      This woman is not good.She has made business fraud in China. She is not well educated.And she is not a faithful Muslem?Trending of the xinjiang region was beyond her knowlege.My father is in xinjiang,so I konw some facts.Every regions have Independent movements,including UK.So before your mercy can you look at this case in an objective view?I do not like the Communist Party?but I dislike this woman more.

    4. Barb -mn says:

      Thank you. I respect your comment.

      I have an admiration and appreciation for all who fight for human rights for those who cannot fight for themselves.

    5. nadia bilbasy< mb says:

      hi,

      i am trying to interview her, and i am working under a deadline, anyone knows how to find her, any contact?

      many thanks.

    6. louwen says:

      rebiya is a traitor to the chinese nation.she was tainted in the jail for eight years for leaking state secrets and providing funding to the separatist group "east turkestan ".she herself plotted the riot in urumqi in july 5th.she has been an infame separatist in the world.she is a political separatist,who held the terrorist group-president of the world uighur congress ,speaking volumes for her betrayal to the motherland.she has to be extradited to china to receive legal sanction.she under the cover of "mother of the uighur people did a lot of anti-Uighur people activities.she is a wolf in sheep's clothing.the peoplt in the world should recognise her ugly face,not be cheated by her lies.

    7. houston, tx says:

      See the similarities in the Tibetan riots n this one? b suspicious of d media reportings.

    8. hal, texas says:

      She's a big lier.

    9. Richard Zhao says:

      Woh, how come all these ugly figures become trouble makers and media stars to stir the world's mental purity and peacefulness. this woman is totally a lier just like Dalai Lama, they are just a bunch of separatists and terrorists under the cover of so-called human rights activists. a lot innocent people being killed in Urumqi by their plotted riot. I strongly doubt how come the Melbourne International Film Festival could invite such kind of people to participate into a pure art festival. Pathetic OZ!

    10. Richard Zhao, China says:

      Woh, how come all these ugly figures become trouble makers and media stars to stir the world’s mental purity and peacefulness. this woman is totally a lier just like Dalai Lama, they are just a bunch of separatists and terrorists under the cover of so-called human rights activists. a lot innocent people being killed in Urumqi by their plotted riot. I strongly doubt how come the Melbourne International Film Festival could invite such kind of people to participate into a pure art festival. Pathetic OZ!

    11. ling wu, china says:

      Human rights???? all those things she done, all the trouble that she cause, all the people who die from it and lost, what is she really doing, her liars blind the public eyes, but some ppl are on track on her, plz don't be blind by her liars, there's lies and truth in the media but certainly this one is a liar some of you may not know because you weren't there you are only an audience who have be blind and lie to. don't judge a book by its cover maybe some of you think this is not the right discretion but surely for me it is the one, don't judge a book by its cover this saying is travel a long way but is a waste if people don't get the deep meaning of it.

    12. Kevin P.W.K. says:

      Rebiya Kadeer is generally a selfish, self-centered scheming person who uses her fellow locals to achieve her own goals, thus causing much unrest to others. Simply look at how China is progressing, with inclusion to Xinjiang on its prosperity it is enjoying at present.

      If she's all so noble, she should be seeking peace & prosperity for her fellow native locals and not creating so much unrest, with herself all safely hiding in refuge in the US. She's indeed a liar, a hypocrite! She couldn't even speak a word of proper English, and a typical country-side woman, what can she achieve??

      It is so ridiculous of her to be made spokeswoman for her fellow natives yet she can't even do a single worthy thing at all!

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