Sakharov Prize: Jailed Uighur academic Ilham Tohti wins award

Sakharov Prize: Jailed Uighur academic Ilham Tohti wins award

An academic jailed for separatism in China has been awarded the European Parliament’s top human rights prize. Ilham Tohti, who is from the Uighur minority, has been a fierce critic of China’s treatment of the Uighur people. He was jailed for life in 2014. More than a million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities are reported to have been held in camps in China’s restive Xinjiang region. Mr Tohti, seen by many as a moderate voice,…

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Present-Day Ethnic Problems in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region: Overview and Recommendations

Present-Day Ethnic Problems in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region: Overview and Recommendations

China Change (translated by Cindy Carter, published: April 22, 2015 on China Change) This article, a total of 24,000 words in Chinese, was first posted on the Daxiong Gonghui (“大象公会”) website after the Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti’s arrest in January, 2014. Daxiong Gonghui described the origin of the article in a note: “This document was written by Ilham Tohti, associate professor of economics at Minzu University of China (formerly Central Nationalities University), in response to…

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My Ideals and the Career Path I Have Chosen

My Ideals and the Career Path I Have Chosen

China Change On January 15, 2014, Chinese authorities arrested Ilham Tohti, a Uighur economics professor at the prestigious Minzu University in Beijing. Authorities formally charged him with separatism on February 25, and have so far denied him access to his attorney. For years, Tohti has discussed and commented on not only Chinese policies in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, where the vast majority of this Turkic Muslim population lives, but also the state of Han-Uighur relations. He…

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