China Wants You to Forget Ilham Tohti

Source: Human Rights Watch, September 20, 2016

It’s been two years since Ilham Tohti, a well-regarded ethnic Uyghur economist and peaceful critic of the Chinese government, was sentenced to life in prison by the Xinjiang People’s High Court for alleged “separatism” after a grossly unfair trial. Tohti and his family had already endured years of harassment and periods of house arrest by state agents, but in September 2014 Beijing evidently felt it necessary to take him off the grid permanently. Continue reading “China Wants You to Forget Ilham Tohti”


Donnons le prix Sakharov à un intellectuel ouïghour

Par André Gattolin, sénateur , Marie Holzman, présidente de Solidarité Chine et Noël Mamère, député

Source: Libération, 14 juillet 2016

Depuis le 11 septembre 2001, les Ouïghours sont devenus une cible privilégiée du pouvoir chinois. Ilham Tohti, professeur de l’université Minzu (des ethnies) à Pékin, a été condamné en 2014 à la prison à perpétuité.

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

Cao Yaxue

Source: China Change, May 31, 2016

On May 25, a conference titled “Does China Want Real Ethnic Harmony? Professor Ilham Tohti in Perspective” was held in the European Parliament in Brussels. It was sponsored by MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe; MEP Barbara Lochbihler, with the Greens/European Free Alliance and the vice-chair of Subcommittee on Human Rights of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, gave the closing remarks. Both members displayed a sound grasp of the plight of Uighurs and Ilham Tohti’s case, and explained how the Sakharov Prize should be seen as a vehicle of change. I spoke along with five other panelists from academia and human rights groups in Europe and the US, and together we made the case for nominating Ilham Tohti for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. My remarks focus on Ilham Tohti’s ideals and work. — Yaxue Cao Continue reading “Making the Case for Nominating Ilham Tohti for the Sakharov Prize – My Remarks at the European Parliament”