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Profile: Rebiya Kadeer

Rebiya Kadeer is the head of the World Uighur Congress, which represents the Uighur community in exile.

She lives in the US, but is often blamed by the Beijing government for being behind protests and riots inside China's restive Xinjiang region.

Rebiya Kadeer
Rebiya Kadeer has denied fomenting the violence in Xinjiang

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