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DATE=12/2/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CHINA-UIGHUR (L-O)CQ NUMBER=2-256762 BYLINE=STEPHANIE HO DATELINE=BEIJING CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Chinese authorities have sent the son of a prominent Uighur businesswoman to a labor camp for allegedly supporting Uighur separatism. V-O-A's Stephanie Ho reports the man was sentenced without a trial to two years hard labor. TEXT: The Hong Kong-based Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China says Ablikim Abdiryim was sent to a labor camp last week. Labor camp sentences of up to three years are an administrative punishment that Chinese authorities can impose without a trial. Ablikim Abdiryim is one of the sons of 53-year-old Uighur businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer - who was formally charged in September with offering state secrets to foreigners. News reports say she had been trying to meet with a U- S congressional delegation when she was detained in August. The Information Center says a court in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, last month threw out Ms. Kadeer's case for lack of evidence and has ordered a fresh investigation. Ablikim Abdiryim's younger brother, Alim, confirmed the reports about his family. He was also detained, but authorities released him after one month. /// ALIM CHINESE ACT FADES UNDER /// Alim says his family is longing for the early release of his mother and brother. Ms. Kadeer is a laundress-turned-millionaire, who gained prominence for encouraging and helping Uighur women set up small businesses. She was a member of Xinjiang's top legislative advisory body from 1993 to 1998. She also attended the international women's conference in Beijing in 1995. Her husband, Sidik Rouzi, is a former political prisoner who now lives in the United States. He also has been highly critical of Beijing's treatment of Uighurs, an ethnically Turkic group of Muslims. Uighur militants in Xinjiang have been struggling for decades to establish an independent East Turkestan. The large region makes up one-sixteenth of China's territory and borders three former Soviet central Asian Republics. (SIGNED) NEB/HO/FC/gm/RAE 02-Dec-1999 12:47 PM EDT (02-Dec-1999 1747 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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