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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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  • Appeal to the European Parliament to award this year’s prize to Jimmy Lai

    We were in Strasbourg in December 2019 when Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur Professor sentenced to a life sentence for expressing his opinions, received the Sakharov Prize. By giving the Sakharov Prize to a Uyghur intellectual, the Parliament sent a strong signal to the world. It was a courageous move as it clearly underlined the dreadful situation of the oppressed citizens of all origins in China.  We now urge the Parliament to award this year’s prize to Jimmy Lai, who is now in jail too, for having tried to protect the right to a free press in a free society. We all know how brutal and swift the crushing of any kind of dissent has been in Hong Kong in 2020. Numerous young activists, trade union members, lawyers, students have been arrested and sentenced to jail in 2021.  Giving the Prize to Jimmy Lai will be a renewal of the strong message to the Chinese regime which has more and more openly violated the Universal values. Jimmy Lai is the Founder of the Apple Daily tabloid and a fierce critic of Beijing. The media tycoon has refused to leave Hong Kong in spite of the pressure increasing around him and his staff. He has been sentenced to 14 months in prison after being found guilty of “unauthorized assembly”. The truth is Jimmy Lai has always been a fierce critic of the Chinese Communist Party. That is his real “crime”. Giving the Prize to Jimmy Lai will also be a very much needed signal to the entire population of Hong Kong, who is reeling under the newly imposed National Security Law. The progress of the Chinese totalitarian is terrifying and must not be allowed to continue thus.  How should the European Parliament respond to such brazen disrespect of the most obvious rights: freedom […]

     
  • Live Webinar in Chinese: The Uyghur Issue(3)

    Invitation to a life Webinar in Chinese language on Friday, 12th of March at 4:00 PM (CET). Topic: The Uyghur Issue(3) – Uyghur GenocideAwareness, Dialogue and Outlook Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bQ06w8mQTCOtBMGcb0WCIg Zoom ID: 819 5862 7226 邀請参加Zoom网络研讨会。时间:2021年3月12日 04:00 下午 阿姆斯特丹,柏林,罗马,斯德哥尔摩,维也纳主题:維吾爾議題(3)——維吾爾種族滅絕真相、對話與解決方案 提前注册此网络研讨会:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bQ06w8mQTCOtBMGcb0WCIg Zoom ID:819 5862 7226 注册后,您将收到确认电子邮件,其中包括关于加入网络研讨会的信息。

     
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  • The Uyghur Issue(2): Commemoration of the 7th Anniversary of Prof Ilham Tohti’s Imprisonment

    January 15 is the 7th anniversary of the arrest of Professor Ilham Tohti. Ilham Tohti Institute organized an online seminar, titled: “Commemoration of the 7th Anniversary of Prof Ilham Tohti’s Imprisonment” 一月十五日,为纪念伊力哈木土赫提教授被捕七周年,伊力哈木土赫提国际机构召开了在线中文研讨会,主题是《维吾尔问题(2):伊力哈木·土赫提教授被监禁7周年纪念》

     
  • Seventh Anniversary of Prof. Ilham Tohti’s Arrest

    PRESS RELEASEDate: 15th January 2021, 12:00 (CET)Contact:   Enver Can, enver.can@ web.de; +491738912048 Today, the Uyghur people around the world are commemorating the seventh anniversary of Prof. Ilham Tohti’s imprisonment with growing concern and sorrow about his mental and physical health, as he is kept incommunicado. The Uyghur scholar was arrested at Beijing airport on 15th of January 2014 while leaving for the United States of America as part of a University Exchange Programme.   Prof. Tohti began his studies in 1985 at the Central Minzu University in Beijing. 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. As a scholar, he has been forthright about problems and abuses in Xinjiang, and his work led to official surveillance and harassment that began as early as 1994. From time to time, he was barred from teaching, and after 1999 he was unable to appear in normal venues.  In order to make the economic, social and developmental issues confronting the Uyghurs known to China’s wider population, Ilham Tohti established the Chinese-language website Uyghurbiz.net in 2006 to foster dialogue and understanding between Uyghurs and Chinese on the Uyghur issue. Over the course of its existence, it was shut down periodically and people writing for it were harassed. Ilham Tohti has adamantly rejected separatism and sought reconciliation by bringing to light Uyghur grievances, information the Chinese state has sought to keep behind a veil of silence. As a result of his efforts, he was sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 following a two-day show trial. Despite political persecution in the years leading up to his trial, he remained a voice of moderation and reconciliation.  Prof. Tohti is known to be kept in the No. 1 prison of Ürümqi since December 2014. In spite of the Chinese law stipulates, he […]

     
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  • Live Webinar in English: The Uyghur Issue(2)

     
  • Live Webinar in Chinese: The Uyghur Issue(2)

     
  • First Anniversary of Awarding Prof. Ilham Tohti with Sakharov Prize

     
  • The First Anniversary of awarding Prof. Ilham Tohti with the Sakharov Prize for “Freedom of Though”