Ilham Tohti: China

25 October 2016, 18:14 UTC | China

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.

Ilham comes from the Uighur community, a largely Muslim ethnic group that faces widespread discrimination in his home region, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. In recent years, there has been a rise in tensions between ethnic groups there, as well as an increase in violent attacks.

Ilham has worked tirelessly to build bridges between ethnic communities in China. He always opposed violence in his writing and lectures, and sought to encourage cooperation and understanding. But he’s been jailed for life – supposedly for stirring up ethnic hatred.

Show your support for Ilham Tohti

Send him a letter or postcard to tell him you are calling for his release. Your messages will let the Chinese authorities know the world is watching.

Address:

Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region No. 1 Prison
No. 215 Hebei Donglu
Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
People’s Republic of China
Postal code: 830013

Write to the prison director 

Call on him to immediately and unconditionally release Ilham Tohti.

Director Fan Jun
Prison Administration Bureau of Xinjiang Uighur
Autonomous Region
No. 626 Xinquanjie, Tianshanqu
Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
People’s Republic of China
Postal code: 830002

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