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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Muslim Businesswoman wins Norway prize


OSLO (Reuters) - A leading Muslim Uighur political activist, jailed by China, on Thursday won a Norwegian human rights award whose winners have sometimes gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Norway's Rafto Foundation said it was giving its annual award to 58-year-old businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer and jailed since 2000 in a case criticised by the United States and others.

It urged her unconditional release and said the prize was a "strong appeal to the Chinese government to respect and protect the civil, economic and cultural rights of the Uighurs as well as other minorities in China".

Many of the Turkic-speaking Uighurs, who make up a majority of Xinjiang's 19 million people, favour greater autonomy for the northwestern region.

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