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Give the Sakharov Prize to an Uighur Intellectual
André Gattonlin, Marie Holzman, and Noël Mamère, July 18, 2016

The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year in October, to honor individuals or organizations who have dedicated their lives to defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The award, which was created in 1985 by the French MP Jean-François Deniau, may well be awarded this year to a Uyghur intellectual who was sentenced in 2014 to life in prison. It turns out that this professor from Minzu University (University for Nationalities) in Beijing had been discovered in 2008 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was invited to spend a week in France under a program called “Personalities of the Future.” This project gave civil society actors under 35 years of age from around the world the opportunity to meet personalities of their choice in order to sharpen their knowledge of the workings of our country.

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“My Name is Li Heping, and I Love Being a Lawyer”

An Ai Weiwei Interview in 2010, recently released


Li Heping screen shot


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