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”

China to Allow Family Visit For Jailed Uyghur Scholar

Source, Radio Free Asia, 2016-02-18

Authorities in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region have given the go-ahead for relatives of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti permission to visit him in prison, where he is held in a cell on his own and has access to daily necessities and reading matter, his wife said. Continue reading “China to Allow Family Visit For Jailed Uyghur Scholar”