Family Confirms Ilham Tohti’s Arrest; World Uyghur Congress Condemns

NTDTV, 28 February 2014

Professor Ilham Tohti, an outspoken Uighur Muslim in China, has been the target of Communist authorities and was arrested due to his concern regarding the human rights situation.

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Authorities Bar Lawyer From Meeting With Detained Uyghur Scholar’s Wife

RFA, 28 February 2014

Chinese authorities have barred detained Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti’s lawyer from meeting with the professor’s wife, while it remains unclear whether the government intends to prosecute Tohti for the state security crime of “separatism,” which can result in the death penalty, or for the lesser crime of “inciting separatism,” according to the wife and a human rights group.

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Xinjiang Police Fire Tear Gas on Uyghur Crowd at Bazaar

RFA, 28 February 2014

Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of ethnic minority Uyghurs angry at a crackdown on motorcyclists at a marketplace in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region this week, according to eyewitnesses and police.

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Arrest of Professor Ilham Tohti – French academics react

Mediapart, 28 February 2014

We have learned of the formal arrest of Ilham Tohti, renowned professor of economics at the Central Nationalities University (中央民族大学). He now stands accused of attempted separatism, a crime punishable, in the worst of cases, by the death.

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Free Ilham Tohti

LRB Blog, 28 February 2014

The most surprising thing about Ilham Tohti being charged with separatism is that it didn’t happen sooner. Tohti, a 44-year-old professor of economics in Beijing, has for a long time been an outspoken critic of government policies in Xinjiang.

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China: Uighur Economist at Risk of Torture in Detention: Drop Charges and Release Ilham Tohti

HRW, 28 February 2014

(New York) – The Chinese government should immediately drop all charges against the Uighur economist Ilham Tohti and release him, Human Rights Watch said today. Tohti, a professor at Beijing’s Minzu University of China and the founder of a website focusing on Uighur issues, UighurOnline, was formally arrested for “separatism” on February 25, 2014.

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Uyghur Language Activist to be Tried in March

RFA, 27 February 2014

A jailed ethnic minority Uyghur blogger and activist will be brought to trial next month on unknown charges after being detained six months ago for collecting donations to run Uyghur schools in the troubled Xinjiang region, his family said.

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‘Movement for Uyghur Mother Language Based Education’ Report Highlights Detrimental Effect of Linguistic Rights Violations in China

Press Release – For immediate release
27 February 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

In light of UNESCO’s International Mother Tongue Day, which took place on 21 February 2014, the World Uyghur Congress is publishing a report entitled ‘Movement for Uyghur Mother Language Based Education’ with the aim of raising awareness about the current linguistic injustices of China’s ‘bilingual’ educational policy. It underlines the importance of protecting minority language rights as a question of both Uyghur cultural preservation and improving inter-ethnic relations, as a strategy of maintaining peace and stability in East Turkestan.

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