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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Sakharov Prize 2016: Nominees revealed

European Parliament, 16 September 2016


European Parliament Journalist Can Dündar and fellow defenders of freedom of thought and expression in Turkey, the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzemilev, the Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar as well as Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti are this year’s nominees for the Sakharov Prize. The Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. The laureate is selected in late October.

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