US Commission on International Religious Freedom, 25 September 2014
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the life sentence handed down to respected Uighur Muslim scholar Ilham Tohti for “separatism.” The conditions of his detention and trial as well as his sentence clearly violate international law and call into question China’s claim to be a country based on the rule of law.
“USCIRF calls on the Chinese government to immediately and unconditionally release Ilham Tohti. This prisoner of conscience’s sentence of life imprisonment is yet another example of the Chinese government’s attempts to suppress Uighur Muslims and others who peacefully advocate within the system for human rights and the rule of law. USCIRF also calls on the Chinese government to unconditionally release the seven students who were detained with Tohti,” said USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett.Continue Reading →