Uyghur Organizations Set to Stage Demonstrations on National Day of the People’s Republic of China

Press Release – For immediate release
30 September 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress 
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the 59th anniversary of the creation of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), on October 1st, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and other international organizations representing the Uyghur cause will stage demonstrations to protest the continued human rights abuses in East Turkestan.

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Daughter Of Chinese Scholar With IU Ties Speaks Out

Indiana Public Media, 30 September 2014

China sentenced Ilham Tohti, an advocate for the mostly Muslim minority Uighers, to life in prison after a closed-door trial. The daughter of the Chinese scholar who was sentenced to life in prison last week says she does not think she’ll be able to return to China anytime soon.

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Hundreds Rally in New York for Release of Ilham Tohti

Huffington Post, 30 September 2014

More than 200 supporters joined PEN American Center Monday night at a public candlelight vigil for Ilham Tohti, the Uyghur writer and scholar who was sentenced to life in prison on September 23 in China on unfounded charges of separatism.

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Daily Sabah, 29 September 2014

WASHINGTON — The World Uighur Congress chairwoman Khadeer Rebiya called China’s sentencing of an Uighur professor to life in prison last week “a declaration of war.”

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China’s Fruitless Repression of the Uighurs

The New York Times, 29 September 2014

Last week, a court in China’s far western Xinjiang region sentenced Ilham Tohti, a member of the Uighur minority, to life in prison for the crime of “inciting separatism.” The conviction of this moderate scholar elicited international condemnation; the sentence was an order of magnitude longer than those given to other Chinese dissidents.

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From Xinjiang to Hong Kong, China Reaps the Bitter Fruits of Alienation


It’s becoming easier to understand why the PRC landed on Ilham Tohti, the Uyghur “public intellectual” like a ton of bricks. Judging from the admittedly selective excerpts used at the kangaroo court to damn him to “indefinite detention,” reported perhaps not inaccurately in the West as a “life sentence,”

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Uighur activism: A lone voice silenced – China signals its alarm at rising dissent in Xinjiang by jailing an academic for life

The Economist, 27 September 2014

ON SEPTEMBER 23rd Ilham Tohti, a scholar who has been an outspoken critic of the government’s treatment of people of his Uighur ethnicity, was sentenced to life in prison for separatism. The ruling by a court in Urumqi, the capital of his native region of Xinjiang, was the harshest known sentence in years for someone convicted of a non-violent political crime in China.

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Turkey calls on China to release Uighur academic

Hürriyet Daily News, 27 September 2014

University professor, blogger, and member of the Muslim Uighur minority, Ilham Tohti, poses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. 

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