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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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  • The restoration of the “Uyghur Online” Website of Ilham Tohti

    The Uyghur Online website, which was created by Professor Ilham Tohti in Beijing 2006, was an important advisory platform for Ilham Tohti and other Uyghur intellectuals’ struggle to make heard the voices of the Uyghurs to Chinese people, as well as the world. He campaigned for the rights of Uyghur people despite limited resources. He was at the forefront of this struggle conducting research and writing for the website about the injustices that his people were facing in China. This website soon became a focus point of learning about Uyghur’s situation at home and internationally. This website was closely watched by the authorities and subsequently was closed down and reopened several times before Mr. Ilham Tohti was arrested in January 2014 where he was given life imprisonment. His website was a beacon of truth for Uyghur people under Chinese strict Internet censorship. Published were many controversial topics that were written fearlessly, predominantly by a group of intellectuals who were headed by Ilham Tohti. There were many valuable articles about the Uyghur people, including research on political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of Uyghur lives. To share this valuable legacy of Mr. Ilham Tohti, to provide this for the Uyghur people and researchers, the Ilham Tohti Institute decided to work on the restoration of his website. The institute organised a group of young volunteers led by a computer expert Mr.Abliz Mehsud who lives in the United States. After a year and a half of our efforts, we successfully completed restoration work on valuable articles from an old website that existed on the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. We restore a total of 3553 articles which were published on the old website between the year 2006 and 2013. The restoration is based on the materials of the Internet Archive, as well as preserved articles found on […]

  • ئىلھام مۇئەللىم ۋە مىللىي سىياسەت

    ئەردەم ئەردەم ئ‍ىلاۋە: ئىلھام مۇئەللىم ماڭا ئالىي مەكتەپتە ئوتتۇرا ئاسىيا ئىقتىسادىدىن ئىككى مەۋسۇم دەرس بەرگەن ئوقۇتقۇچۇم بولۇپ، مەن ئۇنىڭ جاسارىتى، پاراسىتى ۋە خەتەرگە تولغان ھايات سەمەرىسىگە شاھىت بولغان. ئىلھام توختى مۇئەللىم ئۆمۈرۋايەت ئەركىنلىكىدىن مەھرۇم قىلىنغانلىقىنىڭ ئالتە يىللىق  خاتىرە كۈنى مۇناسىۋىتى بىلەن مۇئەللىمنىڭ بىر ماقالىسىنىڭ جەۋھەرلىرىنى ھوزۇرۇڭلارغا سۇنماقچىمەن. ماقالە خىتاينىڭ  مىللەتلەر سىياسىتى توغرىسىدا بولۇپ، ئاتالمىش ئا سانلىق مىللەتلەر سىياسىتى ماھىيىتىدىن ئىيىتقاندا مۇستەملىكە رايونلاردىكى يەرلىك مىللەتلەرگە قارىتىلغان بولغاچ،  مەن مەزكۇر ماقالىدە توغرىسى بويىچە «يەرلىك مىللەت» دەپ ئالدىم.  خىتايلارنىڭ شەرقىي تۈركسىتاندىكى يەرلىك مىللەتلەرگە قاراتقان سىياسىتىنى بىرىنجى ئەۋلاد مىللەتلەر سىياسىتى ۋە ئىككىنجى ئەۋلاد مىللەتلەر سىياسىتىدىن ئىبارەت ئىككىگە بۆلۈش مۇمكىن. بىرىنجى ئەۋلاد مىللەتلەر سىياسىتى دىگەندە، خىتاي كومپارتىيەسى سوۋىت ئىتتىپاقىنى ئۈلگە قىلىپ، مۇستەملىكە رايونلاردىكى يەرلىك مىللەتلەرنى باشقۇرۇشنى ئ‍اسانلاشتۇرۇش ئۈچۈن مىللىي ئاپتونومىيەلەرگە بۆلۈپ ئىدارە قىلىش سىياسىتى بولۇپ،  كومونىزىم نۇقتىنەزىرىگە ئاساسەن مىللىي مەسىلىلەرنى نامراتلىقتىن كىلىپ چىققان قورساق مەسىلىسى دەپ قارايدۇ ۋە خەلقنى ئىقتىسادىي جەھەتتىن باي قىلىش ئارقىلىق مەسىلىلەرنى ھەل قىلىشنى تەكىتلەيدۇ. يەرلىك مىللەتلەرنىڭ تىل- مەدەنىيەت، ئەنئەنە، مىللىي ئالاھىدىلىكلىرىنى ساقلاپ قىلىش،  مىللىي ئاپتونومىيە ھوقۇقىنى قوغداش  ۋە قسىمەن ئىتىبار قىلىشنى تەشەببۇس قىلىدۇ.   ئىككىنجى ئەۋلاد سىياسەت بولسا مىللىي ئاڭنى سۇسلاشتۇرۇپ، مىللىي پەرقلەرنى ئازايتىپ، مىللەتلەر ئارا سېڭىشىش، بىرلىشىشنى تىزلىتىپ، جۇڭخۇا ئۇلۇسىنى شەكىللەندۈرۈش، ھەرقانداق شەكىلدىكى يەرلىك مىللەتچىلىكنى قەتئىي چەكلەپ، دۆلەتچىلىك ئېڭىنى كۈچلەندۈرۈشنى مەقسەت قىلغان. ئىككىنجى ئەۋلاد سىياسەتنىڭ ئاساسلىق تەشەببۇسچىلىرىدىن چىڭخۇا ئۇنىۋىرسىتى دۆلەت ئەھۋالى تەتقىقات ئىنىستىتۇتى مۇدىرى، خىتاينىڭ «دۆلەت ئۇستازى» ئاتالغان خۇ ئەنگاڭ ۋە بىيجىڭ ئۇنىۋىرسىتى جەمىيەتشۇناسلىق پىروففىسورى مارۇڭ قاتارلىقلار بار. بۇ ئىككى خىتاي يەنە ئىككىنجى ئەۋلاد مىللەتلەر سىياسىتىنى يۈرگۈزۈشتە بىر ئاز پەرقلىق پىكىرگە ئىگە بولۇپ، مارۇڭ «56 مىللەت دىمەستىن «جۇڭخۇا مىللىتى» دىيىشنى،  56 مىللەتنى بولسا 56 ئىتنىك گۇرۇپ دەپ  ئاتاشنى تەشەببۇس قىلغان. ئۇ گەرچە مۇستەملىكە رايونلاردىكى يەرلىك مىللەتلەرگە قارىتىلغان ئاپتونومىيە ھوقۇقى، تۇغۇت چەكلەشتىكى ئىتىبار سىياسەتلەر ۋە مىللىي پەرقلەرنى يوقىتىشنى تەشەببۇس قىلغان بولسىمۇ، خىتاي شوۋىنىزىمىنى رەت قىلغان. خۇ ئەنگاڭنىڭ تەشەببۇسى بولسا  پوپۇلەرىزىم، مىللەتچىلىك،  شوۋىنىزىم ۋە ئاتالمىش «تىرورىزىمغا قارشى تۇرۇش» ئاساسىدا ئوتتۇرىغا چىققان بولۇپ،  يوشۇرۇن فاشىستىك ئىدىيەگە ئىگە. ئۇنىڭ رادىكال تەكلىپلىرى گەرچە خىتاي رەئىسى شى جىنپىڭ تەرىپىدىن كۆرۈنۈشتە رەت قىلىنغان بولسىمۇ، خىتاينىڭ نۆۋەتتىكى سىياسىتى خۇ ئەنگاڭ […]

  • A Conference on Uyghur crisis and professor Ilham Tohti

    By Ilham Tohti Institute 28th September 2019 Two days before announce the European “Václav Havel Human Rights Prize” 2019 for three nominees including Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti whom sentenced for life in prison by Chinese government for his campaign for equal rights before China’s law for his fellow Uyghur people, we have successfully held a “Conference on Uyghur crisis and professor Ilham Tohti” in Utrich, Netherland, organised by Ilham Tohti Campaign (ITC) and hosted by East Turkistan Education Centre in Europe.  Many thanks for the organisers, and presenters whom gave impressive presentations including president of Ilham Tohti Institute, Enver Can, Aziz Isa Elkun, Secretary of Uyghur PEN Centre, writer and intellectual Abduweli Ayup and Asiye Uyghur, presenter Enver Memet!  During the conference, all presenters talk about Ilham Tohti’s promoted ideas, and how do understand, inherit and continue his campaigns in the days of biggest crisis that Uyghur nation is facing when Chinese government detained over 3 million innocent Uyghurs and other Turkic people and committing ethnic and cultural genocide in Uyghur homeland.  Ilham Tohti was Professor of economics at Central University of Nationality, China (中央民族大学) . What he said before he’s arrest regarding to the existing Uyghur crises which we have to always remember: “At the same time, these serious social problems have become a forbidden subject for study, creating a discursive void. Few dare to touch upon these problems directly, let alone conduct systematic social investigations and analyses in search for solutions. On the one hand, the Uighurs’ social problems lead to increasing dissatisfaction and distrust of the government and of Han people; on the other, discriminatory ideas against the Uighur people among members of Han society especially in the interior of China- grow deeper.” “I knew that there would be an intense clash of opinions, but I believe […]

  • Interview: ‘They Are Doing The Exact Opposite of What my Father Suggested’

    Jewher Ilham, the daughter of jailed Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, is a graduate from Indiana University who has spoken out in support of his peaceful promotion of equal rights and greater autonomy for the Turkic speaking Uyghur ethnic group in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Tohti, currently serving a life jail term for “separatism,” won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award 2016 for human rights, the Liberal International Prize for Freedom in 2017, and Freedom House’s Freedom Award in 2019. The jailed professor is also a nominee for the 2019 Sakharov Prize and the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Ilham spoke to RFA about her father’s case and Beijing’s policies in the XUAR, where authorities are believed to have held more than 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” in a vast network of internment camps since April 2017. Ilham referred to the facilities as ‘concentration camps’—a term also used by U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall G. Schriver and the Uyghur exile community. RFA: How do you envision a path to your father’s release from prison? Ilham: Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s happening soon, based on the Chinese government’s recent actions, such as the concentration camps and other Uyghur scholars like [jailed former head of Xinjiang University] Tashpolat Teyip. I haven’t seen good signs, especially since I haven’t heard anything about my father since 2017—his condition, or if he has been transferred to another prison. We don’t know anything about it. But I’m always keeping hope and it’s very important to be positive. If you lose hope, then you lose everything. RFA: After speaking with President Trump and other officials about your father and the situation in the XUAR, do you feel confident that the U.S. government will take meaningful […]

  • Present-Day Ethnic Problems in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region: Overview and Recommendations

  • My ideals and the career path I have chosen