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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









  • ‘We Shouldn’t Allow Ilham Tohti to Become a Second Liu Xiaobo’

    RFA Uyghur 2018-07-27 Hu Jia, a Chinese human rights activist and critic of the Communist Party of China, has closely followed the case of Ilham Tohti, an outspoken economics professor who regularly highlighted the religious and cultural persecution of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority. Tohti was sentenced to life in prison for promoting ethnic separatism on Sept. 23, 2014 following a two-day show trial and is serving his sentence in No.1 Prison in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the human rights situation continues to deteriorate. Hu, himself a former political prisoner and winner of the 2008 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, has often served as a conduit for information from Tohti’s family to the outside world. He spoke to Mihray Abdilim of RFA’s Uyghur Service about his fears that Tohti could suffer the fate of 2010 Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died of liver cancer last year in a Chinese prison, where his treatment was late and inadequate. For two years, Ilham hasn’t seen his wife and children. The political situation in the Uyghur region is so terrible that his wife Guzelnur decided not to go back there this year. For a long time, the Chinese government has been implementing a policy called ‘Serve Prison Sentence elsewhere’ mainly targeting the high-profile political prisoners. Because Beijing is the political capital where the embassies of all the democratic countries are located, and the main offices of the UN are also based here. As most political events take place in Beijing, most people who are interested in politics gather here as well. Petitioners from all over the country also come here, and we can say that this is where people who were persecuted in past gather as well. From the Chinese authorities’ point of view, Beijing’s stability is their top priority. That […]

  • ئىلھام توختى ئىنستىتۇتى قۇرۇلغانلىقى ھەققىدە بايانات

    ئەسسالامۇ ئەلەيكۇم ئەزىز يۇرتداشلار! ئاۋال ھەممىڭلارغا تەن ساقلىق ۋە ئامانلىق تىلەيمەن. سىلەرنىڭمۇ خەۋىرىڭلار بولغىنىدەك، ئۇيغۇر خەلقىنىڭ پىداكار قەھرىمانى، ئەزىمىتى پروفېسسور ئىلھام توختى خىتاي ھۆكۈمىتى تەرىپىدىن ئۆمۈرلۈك قاماق جازاسىغا ھۆكۈم قىلىنغاندىن كېيىن، ياۋرۇپالىق بىر نەچچە ئۇيغۇرلارنى ھىمايە قىلىدىغان دوستلارنىڭ قوللىشى بىلەن، بۈگۈندىن 4 يىل بۇرۇن «ئىلھام توختى ھەركەت گۇرۇپپىسى» نى قۇرۇپ چىققان ئىدىم. ئۆتكەن 4 يىل مابەينىدە، ئىچكى قارشىلىقلارغا ۋە ئىقتىسادىي قىيىنچىلىقلارغا باش ئەگمەستىن، ئېلىپ بارغان پائالىيەتلىرىمىز نەتىجىسىدە ئۇيغۇر خەلقىنىڭ دەۋرىمىزدىكى ۋىجدانى بولغان ئىلھام مۇئەللىم بىر نەچچە خەلقئارالىق مۇھىم مۇكاپاتقا ئېرىشتى. بۇ مۇكاپاتلار شۇنداقلا، ئىستىبدات خىتاي ھاكىمىيىتىنىڭ ھەقىقىي ئەپتى-بەشىرىسىنى پاش قىلىشقا ۋە خەلقىمىزنىڭ ھەقلىق ھوقۇق داۋاسىنىڭ خەلقئارالىق سەھنىلەردە تېخىمۇ كەڭ ھېسداشلىققا سازاۋەر بولۇشىغا ھەسسە قوشتى! بۇ جەرياندا كۆپلىگەن زىيالىلىرىمىز، ئىلھام توختىنىڭ كەسپداشلىرى ۋە ئوقۇغۇچىلىرى بولۇپ، مۇئەللىمنى ئۇيغۇر خەلقىنىڭ ئەركىنلىكى ۋە ھوقۇقى ئۇچۇن ئېلىپ بارغان كۈرەش يوللىرىنى خەلقىمىزگە، بولۇپمۇ كەلگۈسىمىزنىڭ ئىزباسارلىرى بولغان ياش ئەۋلادلىرىمىزغا ياخشىراق تونۇشتۇرۇش تەشەببۇس ۋە تەلەپلىرىگە جاۋابەن، ئىلھام توختى ھەركەت گۇرۇپپىسى ئۆز نامىنى  ئىلھام توختى ئىنستىتۇتى دەپ ئۆزگەرتىشنى قارار قىلدۇق.  بىز ئىلھام توختى ھەرىكتى نامى ئاستىدا بۈگۈنگە قەدەر ئېلىپ بارغان تۈرلۈك پائالىيەتلىرىمىزدە ئىلھام مۇئەللىم ئۆزىنىڭ بارلىقىنى، سۆيۈملۈك ئائىلىسىنى، ھاياتىنى پىدا قىلىپ، نېمە ئۇچۇن خىتاينىڭ قاراڭغۇ زىنداندا ئۆمۈرلۈك قامىلىپ يېتىشتەك خەتەرگە تەۋەككۇل قىلغانلىقىدەك جاسارىتىنى چۈشىنىش، خەلقىمىزگە ۋە دۇنياغا چۈشەندۈرۈش يوللىرىدا ھەركەت قىلىپ كەلدى.   ئىلھام توختىنىڭ بىزگە يېزىپ قالدۇرغان قىممەتلىك يازما ئەسرلىرىدىن خەلقى ئۇچۇن ھەقىقەتتە چىڭ تۇرۇپ خىتاي ھۆكۈمىتىدىن نىمىلەرنى تەلەپ قىلغانلىقىنى، پىكىر-تەكلىپلىرىنىڭ 21- ئەسىردە خەلقىمىزنىڭ تەقدىرى – قىسمەتلىرى نۇقتىسىدىن ئۇنىڭ ئەھمىيىتىنى يورۇتۇشقا تىرىشتۇق ۋە مۇندىن كېيىن تېخىمۇ كوپ تىرىشچانلىقلارنى كۆرسىتىمىز. بىز بۇ ساھەلەردە تۈرلۈك تىللاردا كىتابلارنى نەشر قىلىش، خەلقئارالىق مۇھاكىمە يىغىنلىرىنى ئۆتكۈزۈش، ئاخبارات ۋە ئىجتىمائىي ئالاقە ۋاسىتىلىرىدىن تولۇق پايدىلىنىپ, ئىلھام توختىنىڭ باسقان كۈرەش يوللىرى ۋە ئۇنىڭ مەپكۈرىسىنى ياش ئەۋلادلارغا تونۇشتۇرۇشقا بارلىق كۇچ ۋە ئىمكانىيەتلىرىمىز بىلەن ھەركەت قىلىمىز.  بىز ئىلھام توختى ئىنستىتۇتى نامىدىن خەلقىمىزنىڭ – بىزنىڭ خىزمەتلىرىمىزنى قوللىشىنى، بىزگە ئۆزلىرىنىڭ سەمىمىي تەلەپ ۋە تەكلىپلىرىنى بېرىپ تۇرۇشىنى قىزغىن قارشى ئالىمىز. ئىلھام توختى ئىنستىتۇتى ئۇيغۇر خەلقىنىڭ ھەقلىق ھوقۇق داۋاسىنى خەلقئارا سەھنىدە تېخىمۇ […]

  • P R E S S R E L E A S E / 27 April 2020

    Ilham Tohti Institute 27/4/2020______________________________________________________________________________ Address: Ilham Tohti InstituteC/o. Enver Can Eichenstrasse 19, 85235 OdelzhausenGermany Topic:    Ilham Tohti Institute For Immediate Release (CET) With this press release, we are kindly informing you that the name of the Ilham Tohti Initiative is being changed to the Ilham Tohti Institute (ITI in abbreviation) to engage with the media, research and publication. The Ilham Tohti Initiative, was officially established on the 6th of August 2016 in Germany. So far the Initiative, among other activities has nominated Prof. Ilham Tohti for many international human rights awards, including the “Sakharov Freedom of Thought Award“ of the European Parliament. The newly formed Ilham Tohti Institute is a non-governmental NGO organisation named after the unjustly imprisoned Uyghur academic Professor Ilham Tohti. The multi-national entity is open to anyone regardless of nationality, ethnicity and religious affiliation, who agrees with Tohti’s ideas and shares his vision. The Ilham Tohti Institute has the goal to promote Ilham Tohti’s ideas and make them into a reality. The ITI will promote them internationally as an instrument to help achieve freedom, equality, democracy, peace and stability for the Uyghur people. To achieve these goals, the ITI will hold international seminars and conferences, make research, publish statements, brochures, books and other printed materials, engage in advocacy work and cooperate with various international bodies, including democratic governments, relevant UN agencies and NGOs, national and local Parliaments to seek their support and solidarity. In scientific and cultural events, the public is to be made aware of the Uyghur people and their present critical human rights situation in China and these interests must be aroused. In this regard, scientists, politicians, writers, activities and artists will provide lectures and other events to draw attention to the culture of the Uyghur’s and their achievements in various fields.  We will campaign for the immediate […]

  • Ilham Tohti: 2014 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award Winner

    PEN America 10 May 2014 Long harassed by Chinese authorities for his outspoken views on the rights of China’s Muslim Uyghur minority, 44-year old Tohti—a member of the Uyghur PEN Center—was arrested by authorities at his home in Beijing on January 15, 2014. The arrest occurred in front of Tohti’s two youngest children, aged 4 and 7, who were forced to sit silently and watch as their home was ransacked and their father taken away. An official arrest warrant and notification of the charges presented to Tohti’s wife on February 25 indicate Tohti has been charged with “separatism” and is being held incommunicado at a detention center thousands of miles from Beijing in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Even Tohti’s lawyer has no access to his client. Tohti stands accused of recruiting followers through his now-banned website Uyghur Online. The charge of “separatism” carries a penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment, or even the death penalty in extreme cases. “Tohti represents a new generation of endangered writers who use the web and social media to fight oppression and broadcast to concerned parties around the globe,” said PEN American Center President Peter Godwin. “We hope this honor helps awaken Chinese authorities to the injustice being perpetrated and galvanizes the worldwide campaign to demand Tohti’s freedom.” Music by: Ted Reichman: Ilan Isakov: Source: PEN America

  • Ilham Thoti: Martin Ennals Award Ceremony 2016

  • Enver Can on behalf of I. Tohti, co-winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

  • Ilham Tohti: Uighur activist’s daughter fears for his life

  • Sakharov Prize: Jailed Uighur academic Ilham Tohti wins award