Mural Created in Support of Uyghur Prisoner of Conscience

The Epoch Times, 13 December 2016

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By Sarah Le — Renowned Uyghur economics scholar Ilham Tohti is serving a life sentence in China on charges of “separatism,” while thousands of human rights activists around the world are showing him support and raising awareness of his case.

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The People’s Republic of the Disappeared

The Diplomat, 8 December 2016

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By Michael Caster — On November 21, human rights defender Jiang Tianyong disappeared. He was supposed to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am the following day but when his train pulled into the station he was not onboard. Attempting to file a missing person report at their local police station in Zhengzhou, his family was told to go to Beijing for answers. At the time of writing, Jiang’s whereabouts remain unknown.

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Conference on the founding of the Ilham Tohti Initiative

Ilham Tohti Initiative, 8 December 2016

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Ilham Tohti Initiative — Panelists will discuss the current situation of the Uyghurs in the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) and the possibility of a peaceful solution to the ethnic tensions on the basis of Ilham Tohti’s ideas.

Invited participants are regional and federal politicians as well as representatives of the European Parliament, various foreign representatives and human rights activists.

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Amnesty International Oakville film screening on Huseyin Celil on Nov. 14

Amnesty International Oakville, 14 November 2016

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Inside Halton — Amnesty International Oakville is hosting a movie screening on Monday, Nov. 14 to help bring more awareness to its mission to free prisoner of conscience Huseyin Celil. A Canadian citizen, born in China, Celil is currently servicing a life sentence in that country while his wife and four sons live in Burlington.

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Unjustly jailed

Human Rights Watch, 24 October 2016

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Human Rights Watch — Prominent ethnic Uighur economist Ilham Tohti has consistently and unambiguously advocated peacefully for greater understanding and dialogue between various communities, and with China’s government.

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For More Than Seven Years, Former Guantanamo Detainee Still Waiting for ‘Home’

News Talk 1110, 20 October 2016

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New York — Bermuda may be the last place you’d expect to find a former detainee of the Guantanamo detention center, one of the most notorious prisons in the world, but Khalil Mamut has called the beautiful, scenic island in the Atlantic Ocean home for a little more than seven years.

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‘My Father Shouldn’t Be in Jail At All’

Radio Free Asia, 17 October 2016

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RFA Women’s Voices — First of all I’d like to say that this is definitely a human rights issue we are talking about, because [my father] is someone who shouldn’t be in jail at all. It is definitely a human rights issue for him to be sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Exiled Leader Claims China is Behind Turkey’s Decision to Detain a Uyghur Activist

Radio Free Asia, 13 October 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service — Ankara is bowing to Beijing’s demands by keeping a prominent Uyghur activist imprisoned in Turkey as fears grow among the Uyghur diaspora that he will be sent back to China, an exiled Uyghur leader told RFA.

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