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IFC/CPFC Statement on Ilham Tohti Verdict

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 in Current Projects, Ilham Tohti Case, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on IFC/CPFC Statement on Ilham Tohti Verdict

IFC/CPFC Statement on Ilham Tohti Verdict 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. The Intermediate People’s Court in Urumqi also issued an order to confiscate all of Mr. Ilham Tohti’s assets. IFC/CPFC strongly condemns this verdict and calls on the international community to press China to release Mr. Ilham Tohti immediately and unconditionally. Mr. Ilham Tohti, an economics professor who has taught at Beijing’s Minzu University, was arrested on January 15th, 2014 by the Chinese authorities without any specific crime. Mr. Tohti was a visible commentator on Uyghur-Han policy issues who often criticized the Chinese ruling regime’s actions in Xinjiang. Within China’s academic circles, Mr. Tohti and his nonviolent perspectives...

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Statement on the Trial of Ilham Tohti

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in Ilham Tohti Case, News, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on Statement on the Trial of Ilham Tohti

Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China learns of the Wednesday trial of Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti charged with “separatism” in the Xinjiang. We strongly protest the ongoing persecution of political perjury against him amid procedural flaws of the case.   Ilham Tohti is the founder of website “Uyghur Online” since 2006, publishing various essays and policy proposals on Chinese nationality issues based on his research, social justice, and a scholar’s conscience to rationalize them. He has consistently supported mutual understanding and dialogues between nationalities and national states on the basis of peaceful resolutions. However, these ideas and proposals are not acceptable to the Communist regime, and therefore, Ilham Tohti and his family have been harassed from time to time since 2009 by the authorities, from under house arrest, surveillance and detention. Under such circumstances, Ilham Tohti could not continue publication of his...

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