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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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Archive for June, 2020

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

    IYI Parti “Türk Dünyasi Calistayi“ (Briefing On The Turkic World) Photo caption:The Uyghur Human Rights issue and Ilham Tohti cade was discussed in the first Panel of the Internal Video (webinar) Briefing of the IYI Party (opposition) of Turkey on 27th of June 2020. The Panelists: Prof. St. Orhan Kavuncu, Prof. Dr. Konuralp Ercilasun and Dic.Dr. Erkin Ekrem) was moderated by Mr. Enver Can, President of the ITI.

     
  • “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

    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.

     
  • Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2019

    P R E S S  R E L E A S E Fore Immmediate Release. 24 October 2019 (CET)Subject: Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2019Contact: Enver Can, +491738912048 The Ilham Tohti Initiative e.V. hails the Award as a very timly and excellent decision given the fact of unjust imprisonment of the Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti and in light of the ongoing cultural genocide in the Uyghur Region with a strong signal to Beijing. It is wounderfull news! Thus it marks a milestone: it is the highest recognition of Prof. Ilham Tohti’s courgae, braveness and sacrifieces for the rights and freedom of his people, namely the Uyghur nation, by the free Democratic world to date! It also marks a turning point in the stand of the EU towards the plight of the Uyghur peoples’ human rights situation, an ethnic group who have been heavily suppressed by the chinese Communist Regime and are subject to cultural genocide!More importantly, the Award will give a moral boost to the unjustly imprisoned Uyghur scholar to survive behind the bars and send a strong signal to Beijing that the Western Democracies vehemently oppose the human rights violations against the Uyghurs. Ilham Tohti is the most renowned Uyghur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China. For over two decades he has worked tirelessly to foster dialogue and understanding between Uyghurs and Chinese over the present-day repressive religious, cultural and political conditions of the Uyghurs, a Turkic people living mostly in modern China’s Uyghur Autonomous Region. As a result of his efforts he was sentenced in September, 2014, to life in prison following a two-day show trial. He remains a voice of moderation and reconciliation in spite of what has been done to him. In order to make the economic, social and developmental issues confronting the Uyghurs known […]

     
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  • Trump Signs Uyghur Rights Act Into Law, Authorizing Sanctions For Abuses in Xinjiang

     
  • Mr. Uerkesh Davlet’s election as the Honorary President of the Board of Directors of the Ilham Tohti Institute

     
  • Ilham Tohti, Uighur imprisoned for life by China, wins major human rights prize

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