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September 4, 2018     The Governments of Australia, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and the United States, and the European Council:   We are a group of students, scholars and professionals from China and Chinese-occupied territories. We call upon you to urge China to release the well-regarded Uyghur human rights leader Prof. Ilham Tohti, amid reports of students, scholars and professionals disappearing and dying in concentration camps and prisons in the occupied region of East Turkestan (known as Xinjiang in Chinese). The Chinese occupying authorities are cracking down on Uyghurs with the use of widespread surveillance, language restrictions, elimination of cultural and religious expression, forcible political indoctrination, family separation, and mass incarceration. Prof. Ilham criticized oppressive policies such as these, and called for dialogue, reconciliation and […]

  ILHAM TOHTI A professor at Minzu University in Beijing and the foremost Uighur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China, he was sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 for advocating basic economic, cultural, religious and political rights for the Uighur people.   Inside:  — Interviews with Ilham Tohti — Commentaries by Sakharov Prize laureate Hu Jia; Professor Elliot Sperling; Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti; former President of PEN American Center Peter Godwin; Director of Uighur Human Rights Project Alim Seytoff, and more. Acknowledgement:  We wish our viewers to be keenly aware that we did not make this documentary; we built one from others’ works. We are deeply grateful for what the following organizations have done before us and for their giving us the permission […]

By China Change, published: November 30, 2014   Eleven years into Dr. Wang Bingzhang’s life sentence for “terrorism” and “espionage,” his family marshalled on, against all odds, to try to free the man who pioneered the Chinese overseas democracy movement in early 1980s. In their latest move, the family filed a petition with the Guangdong provincial High People’s Court for retrying Dr. Wang Bingzhang’s case in light of the evidence they have collected that would exonerate Dr. Wang. The 66-years-old Dr. Wang Bingzhang was the first Chinese from mainland China to receive a PhD degree after China’s opening up in the late 1970s. But he abandoned medicine after graduating from McGill University in Canada in late 1982 to become a democracy activist based in New […]

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