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

    The Uyghur human rights Issue and the Ilham Tohti Case was first introduced to the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) of Germany on November 4th, 2018 for the “Parliamentary Breakfast“ at the Parliament Building in Berlin. The Gathering was initiated by the Ilham Tohti Initiative e.V. and jointly hosted by Ms Margarete Bause (Greens) and Mr. Michael Brandt of the ruling CDU/CSU Groups. At the gathering which was attended by more 20 members of the Parliament, the representatives of the German Foreign Ministry and some NGOs, members of the ITI including Mr. Enver Can, Prof. Marie Holzmann, prof. Huan Lopez Manuell and Mr. Ulrich Delius of the GfBV, informed German Parliamentarians about the human rights situation of the Uyghur people and asked them urge China to free prof. Ilham Tohti immediately and unconditionally! The above meeting had received a strong protest from Chinese Government.

     
  • Mr. Enver Can visited Ankara to introduce Ilham Tohti

    ITI Activities briefing: The president of ITI, Mr. Enver Can visited Ankara 20-21 January 2020 to introduce Prof. Ilham Tohti situation to the members of the Turkish Grand Assembly (Parliament). He was Received by Deputy Chairman of the ruling AKP Mr. Naci Bistanci, deputy cahirman of the main opposition Party CHP Mr. Ahmet Utku Ceviköz, deputy chairmen of rhe opposition IYI Party Prof.Dr. Ünit Özdag and Mr. Ahmet Kamil Elozan and Mr. Mustafa Yeneroglu who is a deputy chairman of the newly established DEVA opposition Party!Mr. Can, during his meetings withe the Turkish Lawmakers, asked them to raise Ilham Tohti’s case and the Uyghur human rights issue at the Turkish Parliament.

     
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  • My acceptance speech receiving Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize on behalf of Ilham Tohti

    Dear Madame President, dear Members of Parliament and distinguished guests! I am very much honored to be here among you today and to represent my fellow-countryman Prof. Ilham Tohti – a brave and courageous hero of the Uyghurs. The Uyghurs are an ethnic group with significant contributions to Central Asian and world civilisation – and have been struggling to lead normal lives for many decades. I express the sincere Thanks of Ilham Tohti, his Family and also the gratitude of the Uyghur people as a whole to you, Ms President Liliane Maury Pasquier, the Parlamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, for choosing him for the prestigious Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize! Indeed Ms. President, Ilham Tohti’s selection for the Prize echoes your recent statement in which you say: I QUOTE “The women and men who defend our human rights are the very best of us. Their courage and determination in standing up for basic principles of justice and fairness – often at great personal cost, risking their liberty and sometimes even their lives – deserve our profound respect and gratitude. They are on the front line of human rights.” This statement, Ms. President, rings particularly true when referring to Ilham Tohti. To emphasise your declaration further, Ms President, and to affirm that Ilham Tohti is a worthy recipient of this award, let me convey that prior to his imprisonment, Ilham told the Voice of America that “even if I should die at the hands of the domestic security or state security police—don’t think that I’ve been killed by Han people and don’t let hatred come between our two peoples.”  Then, even after being sentenced to life in prison in September 2014, he issued a statement through his lawyer saying that “peace […]

     
  • Special Rapporteur on the Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

    An Urgent Communication to the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of ExpressionThe Special Rapporteur on Human Rights DefendersThe Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or PunishmentThe Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesThe Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Regarding the Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti Submitted by China Change, the Martin Ennals Foundation, and Ilham Tohti Initiative March 9, 2018 January 15, 2018, marked the 4th anniversary of the Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti’s sentencing to life in prison for peacefully speaking out for the economic, cultural, political and religious rights of the 10 million Uighur people inhabiting the northwestern region known as Xinjiang. In 2017, we have made two previous attempts to appeal to the UN Special Procedures but have not heard back. Once again, China Change in Washington, D. C., the Martin Ennals Foundation in Geneva, and the Ilham Tohti Initiative in Munich would like to bring the case and conditions of Ilham Tohti to the attention of the Special Rapporteurs listed above and the working group on arbitrary detention for an intervention.   A Summary of the Case Ilham Tohti is the most renowned Uighur intellectual in the People’s Republic of China. For over two decades he has worked tirelessly to foster dialogue and understanding between Uighurs and Chinese over the present-day repressive religious, cultural and political conditions exercised against the Uighurs, a Muslim, Turkic people living mostly in modern China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. As a result of his efforts he was arrested on January 15, 2014, and sentenced to life in prison in September the same year following a two-day show trial. Despite political persecution in the years leading up to his trial, he remained a voice of moderation and reconciliation. Ilham was born in 1969 in Artush, Xinjiang, and began […]

     
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  • Cancel China’s Appointment to UNHRC’s Consultative Group

     
  • A Conference on Uyghur crisis and professor Ilham Tohti

     
  • The Brief: ‘the last time I was able to talk to my father was 2014’

     
  • China Change: Ilham Tohti