China: New Rules Gag Lawyers

Human Rights Watch, 26 October 2016


Human Rights Watch — The Chinese Ministry of Justice’s revisions to two directives on law firms and lawyers will further undermine the independence of lawyers and the rule of law in China, Human Rights Watch said today. The amendments, effective November 1, 2016, are part of the government’s campaign since July 2015 to harass and jail China’s most outspoken lawyers.

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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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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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Elderly Uyghur Woman Harassed, Threatened by Police

Radio Free Asia, 9 October 2016


RFA Uyghur Service — An elderly Uyghur woman living in Xinjiang is being threatened and harassed by police, who have warned her not to speak to foreign media after preventing her from traveling abroad to visit her son and grandchildren in Turkey, sources say.

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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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China Rights Defenders, Dissidents Invited to German Embassy Party

Radio Free Asia, 26 September 2016


RFA Uyghur Service — Several Chinese dissidents were invited to Germany’s Embassy in Beijing on Friday for festivities marking the Oct. 3 Day of German Unity, a move one poet praised as a rare show of support amid an intensifying crackdown on lawyers, activists and bloggers.

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China Wants You to Forget Ilham Tohti

Human Rights Watch, 20 September 2016


By Sophie Richardson — It’s been two years since Ilham Tohti, a well-regarded ethnic Uyghur economist and peaceful critic of the Chinese government, was sentenced to life in prison by the Xinjiang People’s High Court for alleged “separatism” after a grossly unfair trial. Tohti and his family had already endured years of harassment and periods of house arrest by state agents, but in September 2014 Beijing evidently felt it necessary to take him off the grid permanently.

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Uyghur Dissident Jailed by China Nominated For Human Rights Award

Radio Free Asia, 18 September 2016

382743dc-7b57-4471-85b4-532abdfc38a9RFA Uyghur Service — The European Parliament has named jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti as a finalist for a key human rights award in 2016, for “exceptional individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

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