Rebiya Kadeer (Uyghur: رابىيە قادىر‎, born 15 November 1946) is an ethnic Uyghur, businesswoman and political activist. Born in city of Altay of China, Kadeer became a millionaire in the 1980s through her real estateholdings and ownership of a multinational conglomerate. Kadeer held various positions in China’s parliament and other political institutions before being arrested in 1999 for, according to Chinese state media, sending confidential internal reference reports to her husband, who worked in the United States as a pro-East Turkistan independence broadcaster. After she fled to the United States in 2005 on compassionate release, Kadeer assumed leadership positions in overseas Uyghur organizations such as the World Uyghur Congress….(continue reading)