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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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  • Offener Brief an Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel in Zusammenhang mit ihre Videogipfel mit der Chinesische President Xi Jinping

                                                               O F F E N E R  B R I E F                                                                                                                               11 September 2020 Sehr geehrte Frau Bundeskanzlerin,liebe Frau Dr. Merkel, es ist sechs Jahre her, seit Prof. Ilham Tohti, auch der „Mandela der Uiguren“ genannt, zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt wurde und im Gefängnis No.1 in Urumchi in Einzelhaft sitzt, obwohl er sich für ethnische Harmonie in China und für die Umsetzung des Autonomierechtes in Xinjiang eingesetzt hatte. Wir haben keinerlei Nachricht über sein Befinden, seine Frau und seine Kinder konnten ihn seit mehr als drei Jahren nicht besuchen. Deswegen sind wir äußerst besorgt um seinen psychischen und leiblichen Zustand und seine Familie leidet enorm unter dem Druck und sozialer Ausgrenzung in Beijing. Seit seiner Verurteilung hat sich die Menschenrechtslage der Uiguren dramatisch verschlechtert: Ein bis drei Millionen Menschen wurden in Straflagern inhaftiert, uigurische Frauen sterilisiert, Zwangsabtreibungen und Zwangsarbeit verordnet, jede Ausdrucksform religiöser Gefühle kriminalisiert, Moscheen und Friedhöfe zerstört, Kinder in Waisenheime gesperrt. Die Identität des uigurischen Volkes soll mit allen Mitteln ausgelöscht werden. Dieses Vorgehen entspricht der Definition von Völkermord gemäß der Völkermordkonvention der Vereinten Nationen. Die CCP hat chinesische Menschenrechtler und den Friedensnobelpreisträger Liu Xiaobo im Gefängnis sterben lassen und nun fürchten wir um Ilham Tohtis Leben. Doch eine liberale Stimme wie die Ilham Tohtis wäre nicht nur für die Uiguren, sondern allgemein für Frieden, Stabilität und Völkerfreundschaft von allergrößter Wichtigkeit. Angesichts dieser Situation bitte ich Sie, liebe Frau Merkel, sich für die Rechte der Uiguren einzusetzen und Xi Jinping aufzufordern, Prof. Ilham Tohti und alle uigurischen politischen Gefangenen freizulassen, sowie die Straflager zu schließen. Während der EU-Ratspräsidentschaft ist es die moralische und politische Verantwortung Deutschlands, der Volksrepublik China klarzumachen, dass der Völkermord an den Uiguren nicht hinnehmbar ist. Falls eine Freilassung oder eine Ausreise nach Deutschland zu medizinischer Behandlung absolut ausgeschlossen ist, sollte er zumindest von Urumchi […]

     
  • China: Free Ilham Tohti

    PEN International 21 February 2018 On International Mother Language Day, PEN International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the imprisoned Uyghur writer Ilham Tohti. 21 February 2018 – Tohti is a public intellectual from China’s Uyghur minority and one the world’s foremost scholars on Uyghur issues. Arrested in January 2014, charged with ‘Splittism’ (advocating separatism) in July 2014, and convicted following an unfair trial on 23 September 2014, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of all his property. Tohti’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was rejected in November 2014. Tohti has never promoted violence or separatism. In 2006, he co-founded the website Uyghur Online, aimed at promoting understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese. But his criticism of the Chinese authorities for their heavy-handed treatment of the Uyghur minority made him the target of frequent harassment. Following his initial arrest, the Bureau of Public Security for Urumqi alleged that Tohti had been using the website as a platform to recruit followers. PEN International first began working on Tohti’s case in 2009, following his detention for speaking out about ethnic unrest that broke out in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), on 5 July 2009. Initially placed under house arrest, he was later transferred to an unknown location where he was kept incommunicado before being released six weeks later. Further harassment followed, including periods spent under house arrest. Tohti is a member of Uyghur PEN and received the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award in 2014. He was an honorary Empty Chair at PEN International’s world congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2014. Take Action: Write to the Chinese government: Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the Uyghur writer and scholar, Ilham Tohti; Reminding them that as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political […]

     
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  • CAPTIVE NATIONS WEEK SUMMIT

    JULY 23, 2020  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Event On July 23, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation hosted the Captive Nations Week Summit, providing an opportunity for policymakers and human rights advocates to hear first-hand from witnesses of the captive nations of China, including East Turkestan, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia, and Tibet. We awarded the Victims of Communism Human Rights Award to Ilham Tohti, Uyghur activist and economist serving a life sentence in China for advocating for regional autonomy in Xinjiang. His daughter, Jewher Ilham, will accept the award on his behalf. HONORING Ilham Tohti, Victims of Communism Human Rights Award Recipient Ilham Tohti is one of the most renowned Uyghur public intellectuals who is serving a life sentence in China for his advocacy for the Uyghur people. For over two decades, Tohti advocated tirelessly for a peaceful solution to end the repressive policies of the Chinese Communist Party and ethnic tensions in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, known by the Uyghur people as East Turkestan. He was born in 1969 in Xinjiang and began his studies in 1985 at the institution that is today the Central Minzu University in Beijing, known for minority studies. He eventually became a faculty member at the same university and a recognized expert on economic and social issues pertaining to Xinjiang and Central Asia. In order to make the economic, social, and developmental issues confronting the Uyghurs known to China’s wider population, Tohti established the Chinese-language website Uyghur Online in 2006, to foster dialogue and understanding between Uyghurs and Chinese on the Uyghur Issue. Tohti was summoned from his Beijing home and detained shortly after the July 2009 Ürümqi riots by the authorities because of his criticism of the Chinese government’s policies toward Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Tohti was released on August 23, 2009, after international pressure and condemnation. He was arrested again in […]

     
  • “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.

     
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  • Mr. Enver Can visited Ankara to introduce Ilham Tohti

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

     
  • Special Rapporteur on the Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

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