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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 Ilham Tohti Institute welcomes the appointment of Mr. Uerkesh Davlet as the Executive Deputy General Secretary of the Taiwan Parliamentary Human Rights Commission

                                      PRESS RELEASE For immediate Release (CET)Subject: Mr. Uerkesh Davlet’s Appointment Date 26 November 2020 Contact: Enver Can +491738912048 enver.can@web.de The Ilham Tohti Institute (ITI) welcomes the appointment of Mr. Uerkesh Davlet (also known as Wu’er Kaixi) as the Executive Deputy General Secretary of the Taiwan Parliamentary Human Rights Commission. This represents an appropriate move in light of the deteriorating human rights situation of the Uyghurs, as the Chinese Government have been implementing a policy of genocide on the entire Uyghur population. Mr. Davlet, a co-founder of the ITI and the Honorary President of the Ilham Tohti Institute, was the first best known Uyghur political figure around the world after his courageous leading role during the Tiananmen protests in 1989. Wu’er Kaixi who had arrived on the scene in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in mid-April 1989, the very beginning of the student movement,  had quickly emerged as one of the most outspoken student leaders as the size of the crowds increased and after organizing the most successful demonstration of the 1989 movement on 27 April, was elected as the founding President of the Autonomous independent student’s association at Beijing Normal University.  Mr. Enver Can, President of the ITI, who used to work as a journalist at the Munich based RFE/RL, recalls his memory of more than three decades ago and says, he was excited and proud hearing a student from Uyghur origin named Wu’er Kaixi has told Chinese Prime Minister (May 1989) Li Pen. “I understand it is quite rude of me to interrupt you, Premier, but there are people sitting out there in the square, being hungry, as we sit here and exchange pleasantries. We are only here to discuss concrete matters, Sir.” Mr. Davlet in reply to the ITI’s question and expressing his happiness to being appointed as the Executive Deputy Secretary General, says that one […]

     
  • Open Letter by Wu’er Kaixi, Founding Member of the Ilham Tohti Initiative

    Open Letter by Wu’er Kaixi, Founding Member of the Ilham Tohti Initiative, in Support of Ilham Tohti’s Nomination for The Sakharov Prize 11 September, 2016 Exiled democracy activist Wu’er Kaixi presents an open letter to the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament in support of Ilham Tohti’s candidature for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2016. Dear Presidents, I write to you on behalf of the Ilham Tohti Initiative to urge your support in nominating Ilham Tohti for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Ilham Tohti is the most respected intellectual Uyghur spokesperson in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Before being jailed for life in September 2014, Ilham Tohti strived to achieve dialogue and understanding between the Chinese and the Uyghurs – a Muslim-Turkic people who largely inhabit the PRC’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The Uyghurs are subject to religious, cultural and political repression imposed by Beijing. Ilham Tohti’s voice was one of moderation and reconciliation. For this, he received a lifetime jail sentence. For too long we have conveniently ignored the fact that the PRC’s values do not coincide with those of the civilized world – and let us remember that China not only jails its minorities; it jails anyone who defends human rights and gender rights, as well as lawyers and journalists who work in the interest of transparency. In the face of a refugee crisis unprecedented since World War II, as Europe embraces values of tolerance and inclusiveness, the PRC continues to leverage Chinese nationalism to the cost of those on the peripheries it claims governance over – Uyghurs, Tibetans, the citizens of Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Beijing rejects religious, cultural, and political pluralism. As a result, Ilham Tohti, a moderate intellectual who advocated dialogue and mutual understanding, will spend the rest […]

     
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  • Demonstration in front of the Office of German Chancellor Angels Merkel

    A joint demonstration in front of the Office of German Chancellor Angels Merkel hold in Berlin on Monday, 14th of September to protest the beginning of China-EU video-Conference. The Video-Conference was chaired by Ms.Merkel and the current Chair of the European Union. The Ilham Tohti Institute was one of the co-hosts of the demonstration in which Mr. Enver Can, read his open Letter to Ms. Merkel which he sent her two days before calling the German Chancellor to support the human rights of Uyghur people and asked her to help free Prof. Ilham Tohti and bring him to Germany! The demonstration was also addressed by members of the Federal Parliament Ms. Margarete Bause (the Greens) and Ms. Gyde Jensen ( FDP).

     
  • 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 […]

     
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  • Open letter to Mr. Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany

     
  • ITI Activities in photo (1)

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

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