Ilham Tohti - Professor serving life in jail for fighting discrimination

  • Fri, 10/14/2016 - 18:11

Respected university professor Ilham Tohti worked tirelessly to build bridges between ethnic communities in China. He always opposed violence in his writing and lectures, and sought to encourage cooperation and understanding. But he’s been jailed for life – supposedly for stirring up ethnic hatred. He is a prisoner of conscience and human rights defender.

Why the Pen is Mightier than the Sword: European Parliament Conference Draws Attention to Ilham Tohti’s Nomination for the Sakharov Prize

  • Thu, 10/13/2016 - 13:44

On 10 October 2016, the UNPO in collaboration with the Ilham Tohti Initiative (ITI) and, held a conference entitled “Ilham Tohti and the Sakharov Prize: Courage in the Face of Brutality” at the European Parliament in Brussels.

China targets parents in new religion rules for Xinjiang

  • Wed, 10/12/2016 - 22:08

Parents and guardians in China's heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang who encourage or force their children into religious activities will be reported to the police, the government said on Wednesday while unveiling new education rules.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein attends a media briefing at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

China angered as U.N. rights chief attends ceremony for jailed academic

  • Wed, 10/12/2016 - 22:05

China expressed anger on Wednesday after the United Nations human rights chief spoke at an award ceremony for a prominent Chinese academic jailed for life two years ago for campaigning for the rights of the Muslim Uighur people.

HOTAN, China: Young Uyghur boys pose with a girl holding a soccer ball, Oct. 13, 2006

China Tells Citizens to Inform on Parents Who ‘Lure’ Kids Into Religion

  • Wed, 10/12/2016 - 22:03

See something, say something — even a child practicing religion?

Ilham Tohti

To Beijing’s dismay, jailed Uighur scholar wins human rights award

  • Tue, 10/11/2016 - 21:06

China dismissed the awarding of a major human rights prize Tuesday to scholar Ilham Tohti, an ethnic Uighur who was jailed for life in 2014 on charges of advocating separatism and supporting terrorism.

 Ilham Tohti was convicted of separatism and condemned to a life behind bars by a court in Xinjiang in 2014. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

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

  • Tue, 10/11/2016 - 21:03

The man known as ‘China’s Mandela’ announced as the winner of the annual Martin Ennals award for human rights defenders

Ilham Tohti, an Uighur scholar sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of of separatism, in 2010. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

Ilham Tohti, Uighur Scholar in Chinese Prison, Is Given Human Rights Award

  • Tue, 10/11/2016 - 09:30

A prominent Uighur scholar jailed in China after speaking out against brutal repression in his native Xinjiang was named on Tuesday as the winner of a prestigious international human rights award for his efforts to promote understanding and dialogue.

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Exiled Leader Claims China is Behind Turkey’s Decision to Detain a Uyghur Activist

  • Mon, 10/10/2016 - 19:20

Rebiya Kadeer appeals to President Erdogan for the release of Abduqadir Yapchan.

“Muslim-Only” Shower Cabins Trigger Complaints About Muslim Privilege

  • Mon, 10/10/2016 - 18:26

A university in eastern China recently introduced Muslim-only shower cabins. The cabins, exclusive to Muslim students, offer more privacy than the regular communal showers. The new shower arrangements have fuelled discussions on Chinese social media, where many netizens are disgruntled and consider the special showers a display of Muslim privilege.