A senior Party official in Xinjiang has denounced Rebiya Kadeer,
now living the United States, as a separatist, saying she has no
qualifications to be nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
"To call Rebiya (Kadeer) the 'mother
of all Uygurs' is absolutely preposterous and ... amounts to defaming an ethnic
minority," the China News Service quoted Nuer Baikeli, vice secretary of the
Communist Party committee of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, as telling a
meeting on Sunday in Urumqi.
Rebiya Kadeer is pictured in her home
in Fairfax, Virginia in this October 13, 2006 photo.
As a mother who could not educate her own children well, Baikeli
said, "it is beyond imagination that she could become the 'mother' of the
Uygurs with a population of about 10 million."
"The statements of Rebiya clearly show that she wants to destroy the peace
and stability of Chinese society, this does not conform with the requirements of
the Nobel Peace Prize," Nuer Baikeli said at the meeting of publicity chiefs.
A netizen wrote his comment to the China News Service story, saying if such a
person who tries to separate the country and favors violence were nominated for
the Nobel Peace Prize, it would be sarcastic to the title of the prize. She is a
56-year-old Rebiya was detained 1999 for endangering the national
security. She went to the United States for medical treatment in March
2005 after promising to stay away from any separatist activities.
She was also found to have engaged in trafficking in illegal drugs and
engaging in illegal economic activities.
Xinjiang officials also accused her of engaging in activities to try and
topple the central government and seeking Xinjiang's independence from China
through "violent terrorist activities," the service said.
A netizen questioned the
motivation of the United States in his comments at Sina.com.cn, saying the US
supports the nomination of a person attempting to overthrow the government
for Nobel prize. What an ill motive it harbors!
Rebiya Kadeer was born in 1951 in Xinjiang. She began to run a small business
in Urumqi after the opening and reform policies in the late 1970s, and gradually
built up her fortunate, said to worth of up to a billion yuan and one of the
wealthiest women in Xinjiang.
Investigations found the trade company, registered under her name and her
children's names, dodged taxes amounting to more than 8 million yuan from 1994
She was arrested in August 1999 for jeopardizing the national security, and
was sentenced to eight years in prisoon for providing state secrets to overseas