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”

Wer ist Ilham Tohti?

Ilham Tohti ist der bekannteste uigurische Intellektuelle in der Volksrepublik China. Mehr als zwei Jahrzehnte lang hat er unermüdlich versucht, auf die wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Missstände in Xinjiang hinzu­weisen und einen Dialog zwischen Uiguren und Han-Chinesen anzustoßen. Er hat für Verständnis zwischen den Volksgruppen geworben und immer wieder gemahnt, eine friedliche Lösung für die Probleme zu finden und ein konstruktives Miteinander zu ermöglichen. Das Ergebnis seiner Bemühung ist, dass er im September 2014 nach einem zweitägigen Schauprozess zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt wurde. Continue reading “Wer ist Ilham Tohti?”

Ilham Tohti: A Short Introduction

Prepared by Elliot Sperling, professor of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University  Yaxue Cao, editor of and the Ilham Tohti Initiative   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 … Continue reading Ilham Tohti: A Short Introduction