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REBIYA KADEER FAMILY CASE OUTLINE

Ablikim Kadeer Rebiya Kadeer Alim Kadeer

Left to right: Ablikim Abdureyim, Rebiya Kadeer, Alim Abdureyim


BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE CASES OF ABLIKIM ABDUREYIM AND ALIM ABDUREYIM, SONS OF PROMINENT UIGHUR RIGHTS ACTIVIST REBIYA KADEER 
(AIUSA Western Region Special Focus Case 1999 – 2005)


When the Chinese government released REBIYA KADEER, an ethnic Uighur and successful business woman from XinjiangProvince, in March of 2005, she was warned not to speak out against Chinese oppression of the Uighur minority or “ her children and her business would be finished”.

The Chinese government has certainly kept its promise.

When Rebiya Kadeer was elected president of the Uighur American Association in May of 2006, the Chinese government confiscated all the financial records of the family business. In June of 2006, her sons Alim Abdureyim and Ablikim Abdureyim, both managing directors of the business, were arrested and tortured in detention. Ablikim Abdureyim was reported to have been taken out of the detention center on a stretcher. Her oldest son Kahar Abdureyim, who had no role in the family business, was arrested for tax evasion.

Later in 2007, the family business was confiscated by the Chinese government.

Rebiya Kadeer was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2006, and the Chinese government declared her a “terrorist”. The next month, in trials held out of public view, Ablikim Abdureyim was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment; Alim to 7 years. It is widely believed that Ablikim received the harsher sentence because he refused to sign a “confession” to his crimes”.

Alim Abdureyim was released, having finished his entire sentence, late in 2013.

Mother of 11 children
Ran the Thousand Familes' Mothers Campaign, which helped to establish Uighur women in business, until her arrest.

[The above information has been summarized from newspaper articles, and from reports from Amnesty International or the Uighur Human Rights Project: www.uhrp.org   More detailed information about the cases is available there]