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Kadeer's Rafto prize will not be collected

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Rebiya Kadeer’s husband and daughter were going to accept the Rafto human rights prize on behalf of the winner, but they will not be able to make it to Norway after all.

As Kadeer remains jailed in China, her husband, Sidik Rouzi, and the couple’s daughter, Adika, were going to collect the human rights prize at Den Nationale Scene in Bergen, November 7, reported bt.no.

However, the two of them are political refugees in the US and they do not have passports. As a part of the process of becoming an American citizen, Rouzi has just taken the entry exam, but he still will not get his passport in time to make it to the prize ceremony in Bergen.

«It is with great disappointment that we have received this information,» said Arne L. Lynngård at the Rafto Foundation, in a press release. «We know that the rejection of the application to obtain travel documents have been a large psychological strain for the Rouzi family.»

The 58-year-old human rights activist was awarded the Rafto Memorial Prize for 2004 for her work to get the Chinese government to employ politics to protect the civil, economic, and cultural rights of the Uighurs, a Muslim minority in the Xingjian province, and other minorities in China.

The Rafto Prize is awarded for the 18th time this year. The prize was established as a continuance of Professor Thorolf Rafto’s work for human rights. Former prize winners include Peace Prize winners Aung San Suu Kyi, Jose Ramos Horta, Kim Dae-jung and Shirin Ebadi.

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