Declaration of Pier Antonio Panzeri, Chair of the EP Human Rights Subcommittee

 22.6.2017 EU-China Human Rights Dialogue should be strengthened and sharpened, says DROI Chair, Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT) on the occasion of the China human rights dialogue on 22 June 2017. “At the recent EU-China Summit (1-2 June), the European Union and China agreed to hold their 35th human rights dialogue on 22 June 2017. In view of the deteriorating human rights situation in China … Continue reading Declaration of Pier Antonio Panzeri, Chair of the EP Human Rights Subcommittee

Chinese Repression and Uyghur Militancy at Eurasia’s Crossroads

From Hudson Institute Background: With the launch of the PRC’s Silk Road Belt initiative, the region known to Chinese as Xinjiang and to Uyghurs as East Turkestan appears set to reprise its historic role as the strategic crossroads of Eurasia. In Xinjiang, indigenous Muslim Uyghurs have long suffered under harsh rule, and the region has been plagued by communal violence between Uyghurs and Han Chinese … Continue reading Chinese Repression and Uyghur Militancy at Eurasia’s Crossroads

Press release, March 3, 2017

The situation in Xinjiang is rapidly deteriorating. We, the members of ITI, deplore the fact that Xinjiang’s Communist Party secretary Chen Quanguo should use such vocabulary : “Bury the corpses of terrorists and terror gangs in the vast sea of the people’s war” when mentioning the hundreds of people who have died under the violent movement of repression which is actually taking place in Xinjiang. We … Continue reading Press release, March 3, 2017

Ilham Tothi prison appeal

Ilham Tohti is the most renowned Uyghur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China. For over two decades he has worked tirelessly to foster dialogue and understanding between Uyghurs and Chinese over the present-day repressive religious, cultural and political conditions of the Uyghurs, a Muslim Turkic people living mostly in modern China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. As a result of his efforts he was sentenced in September 2014, to life in prison following a two-day show trial. He remains a voice of moderation and reconciliation in spite of what has been done to him. Continue reading “Ilham Tothi prison appeal”

The Dire Consequences of the Imprisonment of Ilham Tohti

By China Change, Elliot Sperling, February 5, 2017

In memory of Elliot, who passed away last week. I recovered this from my email archive, dated September 17, 2016, the day after Ilham Tohti was nominated for the Sakharov Prize. It is published here for the first time. – Yaxue Cao

eliott-sperlingThe nomination last week of the imprisoned Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is welcome recognition of the role this courageous individual has played in working for the fundamental rights of a beleaguered people, a people subject to one of the harshest regimens that China visits on any nationalities or collective groups within its borders. But the persecution of Ilham Tohti serves as an example of how China’s repressive policies create damage and danger that go far beyond its own borders. There are good reasons for international concern and outrage over Ilham Tohti’s imprisonment. Continue reading “The Dire Consequences of the Imprisonment of Ilham Tohti”

Commemoration of the Guldja Massacre

The Ilham Tohti Initiative commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the Guldja (Yining in Chinese) Massacre and pays respect to its more that 100 victims  in the Uyghur Autonomous region.

The Chinese security forces had arrested peaceful demonstrators on the 5th February 1997, and then opened fire in the streets of Guldja until the 8th of February as demonstrations became more vocal, asking for the release of the Uyghurs arrested by the police.

The demonstration was held to call for an end of the religious repression and ethnic discrimination. The Chinese authorities repressed the demonstrations brutally, and subsequently detained and arrested up to 4 000 people. It is considered more than 200 of them were sentenced to death in show trials and executed during the following two years. At least 90 Uyghurs were sentenced to long prison terms. Continue reading “Commemoration of the Guldja Massacre”

In memory of Eliott Sperling

Ilham Tohti Initiative (ITI) is very sad to announce the sudden death of its long time friend Elliot Sperling, in New York, on the 28th of February. A brilliant scholar of East Asian Studies Elliot Sperling was well known for his understanding of Tibet history, his mastery of the Chinese language, and his friendship with Ilham Tohti, prominent Uyghur economist, unjustly jailed in 2014 and … Continue reading In memory of Eliott Sperling