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Making the Case for Nominating Ilham Tohti for the Sakharov Prize – My Remarks at the European Parliament

  • Wed, 06/01/2016 - 19:15

I’m not always acutely aware of identity as a Han Chinese, but this is one of those few occasions when I am. I am deeply honored to be here, speaking about Ilham Tohti. You will see why.

Chinese soldiers patrolling the streets of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in July 2009, after a protest over a fatal shooting of two Uighurs in southern China escalated into riots that killed at least 197 people. Credit Diego Azubel/European Pressphoto Agency

Q. and A.: Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle on Ethnic Unrest in Xinjiang and Tibet

  • Thu, 05/26/2016 - 21:56

Since violent ethnic protests and riots erupted in the western borderlands of China in 2008 and 2009, many scholars have been trying to pinpoint the sources of the unrest.

File photo of Muslim Uyghurs praying at the Jame Mosque during Ramadan in Hotan in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.


  • Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:26

Armed conflicts are like living organisms. Some grow and die in the blink of an eye, others ebb and flow like the tides of a river and others survive half buried, but alive, for centuries. In Xinjiang, its been over 300 years … and counting.


  • Wed, 05/18/2016 - 23:19

India denies that it caved to pressure from China in cancelling a prominent Uighur activist’s visa, but its explanations don’t stand up to scrutiny.

The Dolkun Isa Visa Affair: India Mishandles China, Once Again

  • Thu, 04/28/2016 - 21:03

India’s bungled handling of Dolkun Isa’s visa will have long-term ramifications for Delhi’s China policy.

India has cancelled the visa issued to Dolkun Isa. Credit: Facebook

Modi Government Made Biggest Foreign Policy Mistake by Revoking Uighur Activist’s Visa

  • Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:56

The cancellation of the visa will inevitably damage the credibility of the government and expose it to the charge that it does not have the ability to stand up to Chinese pressure.

Chinese Pollution’s Journey to the West

  • Wed, 04/20/2016 - 19:29

For more than a decade, China has embraced its “Go West” policy of spreading industrialization and economic growth from coastal provinces inland.

Scholar Ilham Tohti Remains in Prison

  • Thu, 04/07/2016 - 19:34

Ilham Tohti, an Economics professor formerly at Minzu University in Beijing, and an advocate for the rights of the Chinese Uighur community, still sits in jail, sentenced to a life in prison for expressing his beliefs in a peaceful way.

Amid Signs of Xi’s Weakness, Appeals for Detained Activists Get Results

  • Thu, 04/07/2016 - 19:11

“China’s censors, secret police, and even President Xi Jinping may not be as all-powerful as they appear.”

China Targets Uyghurs with Severe Human Rights Abuses

  • Mon, 04/04/2016 - 20:15

The Uyghur people are a Turkic ethnic group whose homeland of East Turkestan is located in northwestern China.