Tashpolat Tiyip, left, with his brother Nury in 2001, was sentenced to death in China in a secret trial. His execution may be imminent.(Courtesy of Nury Tiyip)
A Uighur scientist faces execution as part of China’s broad persecution of a Muslim minority
  • Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:08

By GARY LANGHAM
OCT. 18, 2019

Imagine that you are a university president, heading to Europe to launch a major new research partnership. Upon arriving at the airport, you are arrested. You are then tried in secret and sentenced to death.

This is exactly what happened to Tashpolat Tiyip, former president of China’s Xinjiang University, prominent geographer and scholar, and a Uighur — an ethnic minority in China. He was heading to Leibniz University in Germany in March 2017 to sign an agreement to create a new Joint Center for Underground Coal Fire Research when he was detained, along with two others from the delegation, at the airport in Beijing.

Since then, Tiyip has been sentenced to death in a secret trial, but the sentence was delayed for two years. Now that reprieve is almost up and his execution could be imminent. There is no information about why he was arrested, the formal charges or any evidence against him.

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