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

Amnesty International Oakville, 14 November 2016


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


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


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


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


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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Ilham Tohti, Uighur Scholar in Chinese Prison, Is Given Human Rights Award

The New York Times, 12 October 2016


By Nick Cumming-Bruce — Two years after the Chinese authorities sentenced the prominent Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment for promoting separatism and violence, a Swiss-based foundation awarded him a prestigious human rights prize on Tuesday for his efforts to foster dialogue and understanding.

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To Beijing’s dismay, jailed Uighur scholar wins human rights award

The Washington Post, 11 October 2016


Beijing— China dismissed the award of a major human rights prize on Tuesday to scholar Ilham Tohti, an ethnic Uighur who was jailed for life in 2014 on charges of advocating separatism and supporting terrorism.

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European Parliament: Award Ilham Tohti The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for 2016

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 4 October 2016

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UHRP — The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls on the European Parliament to award Ilham Tohti the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Professor Ilham Tohti has been a consistent voice for the equitable treatment of Uyghurs in China and in doing so has made an outstanding contribution to human rights.

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