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UAA/UHRP Events Update
08-04-05, 10:12
The National Endowment for Democracy & the Uyghur American Association

invite you to a luncheon event featuring a discussion with recently released prisoner of conscience

Rebiya Kadeer on

“The Struggle of the Uyghur People for Human Rights”

Ms. Kadeer will discuss the Thousand Mothers Movement she founded, which provided training and mentoring for women's business ventures and helped channel donations to orphans, underprivileged children and needy students. She will also discuss her efforts to raise the human rights concerns of Uyghurs with the authorities in China, including unequal education opportunities, discrimination in employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, denial of religious freedom, harsh population control measures, and repression of cultural traditions.

Friday, April 8, 2005
12:00 – 2:00 PM

National Endowment for Democracy
1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

Please RSVP with name and affiliation by Wednesday, April 6 to Melissa Birchard at melissab@ned.org or by phone at 202-293-9072.


Background: Ms. Rebiya Kadeer was released from prison just prior to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trip to Beijing in March. Ms. Kadeer, a former laundress, had become one of China’s wealthiest entrepreneurs and was appointed to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). But her efforts to convey the grievances of the impoverished community of Muslim Uyghurs in northwest China (Xinjiang Province) eventually resulted in her arrest by Chinese police as she attempted to meet with representatives of the U.S. Congressional Research Service. Ms. Kadeer has eleven children, five of whom remain in China.


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