Making the Case for Nominating Ilham Tohti for the Sakharov Prize – My Remarks at the European Parliament

China Change, 31 May 2016

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By Yaxue Cao – I’m not always acutely aware of identity as a Han Chinese, but this is one of those few occasions when I am. I am deeply honored to be here, speaking about Ilham Tohti. You will see why.

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A turning point for China

Amnesty International, 30 May 2016


Amnesty International  In this film, William Nee discusses what it’s like doing human rights work in China today, and tells the story of Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most famous free speech lawyers, who was imprisoned in January 2014.

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China warns people to shun practise of Islam, stick to ‘Marxist Atheism’

The Indian Express, 27 May 2016


The Indian Express  China’s top leadership, led by Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping, has warned the Chinese people, especially those living in the Xinjiang province to shun the practise of Islam and to stick to China’s state policy of “Marxist Atheism”.

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Between Identity and Integration: The Uyghur Diaspora in the West

Radio Free Asia, 27 May 2016


RFA Uyghur Service  Over the past 60 years, tens of thousands of ethnic Uyghurs from northwest China’s Xinjiang region have fled oppression and political violence at home, seeking refuge in the west. This mass migration has increasingly drawn the attention of the global community in recent years.

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Q. and A.: Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle on Ethnic Unrest in Xinjiang and Tibet

The New York Times, 27 May 2016


By Emily Feng & Edward Wong  Since violent ethnic protests and riots erupted in the western borderlands of China in 2008 and 2009, many scholars have been trying to pinpoint the sources of the unrest.

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European Parliament Conference Launches Ilham Tohti’s Candidature for Sakharov Prize

UNPO, 27 May 2016


UNPO  On 25 May 2016, activists and specialists convened in the European Parliament to answer the question “Does China Want Real Ethnic Harmony?” during a conference focused on the unjust imprisonment for life of Professor Ilham Tohti, a renowned Uyghur economist and writer.

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Please Sign the Petition to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

Initiatives for China, 27 May 2016


Initiatives for China  The iconic image on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square bravely confronting PLA tanks is one of the most important photographs of the twentieth century.  It represents ordinary citizens confronting the State violence, and it is not forgotten by history.  Over more than two decades, the whole world has been asking: Where is the tank man? 

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Tourists decry ban on visit to China’s Xinjiang

The Daily Sabah, 23 May 2016


Daily Sabah  A group of retired academics and civil servants were not allowed to visit Urumqi, the seat of the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region of China and were forced to leave the country.

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