PEACEFUL ACTIVIST JAILED FOR LIFE
Ilham Tohti is a well-respected university professor, known for his moderate views on ethnic issues in China. Yet in January 2014 he was taken from his home in Beijing by police. For five months, family and friends were not told where he was. He was denied food for 10 days and had his feet in shackles for 20 days straight. Then in September 2014 he was given a life sentence –supposedly for stirring up ethnic hatred.
DENIED FOOD FOR 10 DAYS &
HELD IN SHACKLES FOR 20
Ilham comes from the Uighur community, a largely Muslim ethnic group that faces widespread discrimination in his home region, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Tensions between ethnic groups have been rising there in recent years, as have the number of violent attacks.
Through his writing and lectures, he also highlighted government practices that discriminated against many aspects of Uighurs’ lives. But now he faces a lifetime in jail. He’s being cruelly punished for peacefully challenging the Chinese government’s policies towards ethnic minorities.
Demand action. Tell China to release Ilham Tohti immediately and unconditionally.