Advocate for Uighur Minority in China Arrested, Taken to Undisclosed Location

CCS, 31 January 2014

Dr. Ilham Tohti, a Professor of economics at the Central Minorities University in Beijing was arrested after a raid of his apartment and materials in it. He had been previously harassed and threatened, allegedly to stop him from talking to foreign journalists.

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Increased security measures in China’s Xinjiang province unlikely to stem from Uighur attacks

IHS Jane’s Intelligence Weekly, 31 January 2014

Alleged ethnic Uighur militants set off two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Xinhe town, in the Aksu prefecture of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, on 24 January.

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Rights Groups Call for Uyghur Scholar’s Release

RFA, 31 January 2014

Global advocacy group Amnesty International has released an “urgent action” alert calling for pressure on Chinese authorities to release detained ethnic minority Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, labeling him a prisoner of conscience and urging police to reveal his whereabouts.

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Recent arrests show China taking a harder line on all forms of dissent

PRI, 30 January 2014

The Chinese government has arrested a prominent economist and outspoken advocate for the Uighur ethnic minority of western China. Police say he’s guilty of spreading ethnic hatred and separatist ideas.

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China detains ex-police officer Tian Lan for protesting at trial of activist

The Guardian, 30 January 2013

Tian Lan’s detention in Tongzhou for supporting legal scholar Xu Zhiyong is example of how whistleblowers are treated. A Chinese former policewoman has been detained for protesting outside the trial of activist Xu Zhiyong in Beijing last week. 

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United Against China?

The New York Times, 30 January 2014

In recent months, India has welcomed the Japanese emperor, then the defense minister, and last weekend, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at national Republic Day celebrations. K. Shankar Bajpai, a former secretary of Indian external affairs, said: “India and Japan can honestly say that they are not building relations in hostility against China.

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Amnesty International, 30 January 2014

Ilham Tohti, prominent Uighur scholar and founder of the website “Uighur Online”, was taken from his home in Beijing by authorities on 15 January. His whereabouts are currently unknown. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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RSF, 30 January 2014

Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to stop holding Uyghur academic and citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti incommunicado.

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