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At Least 50 Killed in Xinjiang Violence, Officials Say

  • Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:00

The Chinese authorities provided new details on Thursday about a violent clash in the Xinjiang region of western China last weekend that they said had left 50 people dead and more than 50 others injured.

Guzaili Nuer, wife of Ilham Tohti, a former economics professor at a university in Beijing, makes her way back to the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court in China's Xinjiang region on Sept. 17. (Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images)

Jailed Uighur scholar, back in leg irons, still dreams of a better China

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 22:01

China jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti for life on Tuesday for separatism, a decision that provoked strong criticism from Western governments and human rights groups.

Riot police stand guard a checkpoint near the courthouse where ethnic Uighur academic Ilham Tohti's trial took place in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in mid-September.

China’s harsh punishment for a moderate Uighur could make things worse in Xinjiang

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:51

For Ilham Tohti, things started getting really bad late last year. Security agents in Beijing rammed the scholar’s car. Then they threatened to kill his wife and kids.  

Uighur blogger Ilham Tohti sentenced to life in prison on separatism charges

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:39

The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces the life term handed down by a Chinese court today to Ilham Tohti, a prominent Uighur blogger and academic, and calls for his unconditional release. Tohti was found guilty of separatism by a court in the western Xinjiang region, according to news reports.

Uighur Academic’s Daughter Faces Lonely Road After His Life Sentence on Separatism Charges

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:36

It was supposed to be an adventure. It was Feb. 2, 2013, and Ilham Tohti, a Beijing-based professor and writer, and his 18-year-old daughter, Jewher Ilham, were on their way from China to the United States.

Ilham Tohti during his trial on separatism charges, as shown on Chinese state television.Credit CCTV, via Reuters

Western Governments Criticize Uighur Scholar’s Punishment

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:58

The United States and the European Union have criticized China’s actions against the Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti, who was convicted of separatism on Tuesday and sentenced to life in prison.

IFC/CPFC Statement on Ilham Tohti Verdict

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:51

Mr. Ilham Tohti, a distinguished Uyghur Scholar from China’s Minzu University, was sentenced yesterday to life imprisonment for “separatism” after two days of a bogus trial during which no witness was present or evidences put forth to support the charges against him.

  Uighur academic Ilham Tohti sits during his trial on separatism charges in Urumqi, Xinjiang region, in this still image taken from video shot on September 17-18, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/CCTV via Reuters TV

Prominent Uighur scholar in China to appeal life sentence: lawyer

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:49

China's most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people will appeal against a life prison sentence that drew criticism from Western countries including the United States, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

‘They Don’t Want Moderate Uighurs'

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:38

In my series of interviews with Chinese intellectuals, there is an empty chair for Ilham Tohti, the economist and Uighur activist.

China: Life sentence for Uyghur PEN member Ilham Tohti is further stain on China’s abysmal freedom of expression record

  • Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:35

The draconian sentence passed on Ilham Tohti, an academic and member of China’s Uyghur minority is a travesty of justice, PEN International said today, as it reiterated its call for his immediate and unconditional release.

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