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My ideals and the career path

I was born in 1969 into a Uighur family in Atush City, Kizilsu Kirghiz Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). I grew up in a government employee residential compound where Uighurs and Hans lived together. My grandfather’s generation was illiterate, but ...[Full text]
 

A Conference on Uyghur crisis and professor Ilham Tohti

Two days before announce the European “Václav Havel Human Rights Prize” 2019,  a “Conference on Uyghur crisis and professor Ilham Tohti” held in Utrich, Netherland, organised by Ilham Tohti Institute … [Full]
 

Interview With Ilham Tohti by Tsering Woeser on 1st Nov 2009

 

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

    On 25 May 2016, activists and specialists convened in the European Parliament to answer the question “Does China Want Real Ethnic Harmony?” The conference focused on the unjust imprisonment for life of Professor Ilham Tohti, a renowned Uyghur economist and writer. The conference, organised by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in conjunction with the newly founded Ilham Tohti Initiative (ITI), the Society forThreatened Peoples and chinachange.org, further discussed how Ilham Tohti’s story mirrorsthe plight of the Uyghur People.  Tohti’s peaceful approach to the plight of his people has been moderate, dignified and focused on conciliation rather than separation, as was evident in both the speeches dedicated to the man and his life’s work, and in their drive to gain recognitionand freedom for Tohti through his candidacy for the European Union’s 2016 Sakharov Prizefor Freedom of Thought.  The conference was opened by the hosting MEP, Mr Ilhan Kyuchyuk (ALDE), who, after discussing the parallels between the efforts in Bulgaria to persuade ethnic minorities to work together, gave the floor over to a number of experts on the situation of the Uyghur people and Ilham Tohti himself. As the first to take the floor, Professor Dru C. Gladney (Pomona College) gave a general overview of the situation in China and in East Turkestan (Xinjang) in particular, where the majority  of the Uyghur population is based.  He surmised that the problems and instances of conflict between ethnic groups that have become more frequent over the last few years could probably be attributed to the huge influx of Han Chinese to the region – a flow that has not been regulated, but rather encouraged by the Chinese government. Also picking up on this theory, Dr Vanessa Frangville (ULB) pointed out that over the last two decades the democratic shift in the region, triggered […]

     
  • Imprisoned Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti awarded the 2017 Human Rights Prize of the city of Weimar, Germany

    Imprisoned Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti awarded the 2017 Human Rights Prize of the city of Weimar (Germany).Mr. Enver Can, Prezident of the Ilham Tohti Initiative e. V. Has received the Prize on 10 th December 2017 at a special Ceremony organised by the City Hall on behalf of Prof. Ilham Tohti. Mr. Can in his acceptance speech thanked for the Award Selection Comittee and the citizens of the city on behalf of Ilham Tohti and the Uyghur people, and also signed the Guest Book of the City of Weimar. He wrote in the City’s Guest Book “this Prize is an important moral support to Mr. Tohti and a source of hope for the whole Uyghur Nation“!

     
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  • “Freedom Prize” for Ilham Tohti

    Mr. Enver Can received the “Freedom Prize” from the Liberal International on 30th November 2018 in Den Haag on behalf of Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti who was sentenced to life in prison by Chinese court in 2014.

     
  • Uyghur Human Rights issue and Ilham Tohti case introduced at the IYI Party’s video conference

    IYI Parti “Türk Dünyasi Calistayi“ (Briefing On The Turkic World) Photo caption:The Uyghur Human Rights issue and Ilham Tohti cade was discussed in the first Panel of the Internal Video (webinar) Briefing of the IYI Party (opposition) of Turkey on 27th of June 2020. The Panelists: Prof. St. Orhan Kavuncu, Prof. Dr. Konuralp Ercilasun and Dic.Dr. Erkin Ekrem) was moderated by Mr. Enver Can, President of the ITI.

     
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  • “Parliamentary Breakfast“ on human rights situation in the Uyghur Region (XUAR)

     
  • Mr. Enver Can visited Ankara to introduce Ilham Tohti

     
  • Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2019

     
  • Trump Signs Uyghur Rights Act Into Law, Authorizing Sanctions For Abuses in Xinjiang