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Ilham Tohti

Uyghur Human Rights Project Petitions China to Free Political Prisoners

Greg Fay | Posted 02.18.2017 | Impact
Greg Fay

(Above: Uyghurs protest at the Embassy of China in Washington, DC on February 5, 2016) Uyghurs across the world, except in China, joined in protest o...

Jewher Ilham: My Father, My Country

PEN American Center | Posted 09.23.2016 | World
PEN American Center

This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama. It will be President Xi's first state visit to the U.S. and an impressive--and tight--itinerary of bi-lateral talks, meetings, banquets and receptions await him.

Matt Sheehan

Dissident Chinese Artist Escapes to Alcatraz

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 03.03.2015 | World

San Francisco -- Ai Weiwei, once China's most internationally famous prisoner, is occupying Alcatraz -- or at least his art installations are. Banned ...

Silencing Uyghurs: A Family Affair

Greg Fay | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Greg Fay

In 2014, the Committee to Protect Journalists singled out China as the world's worst jailer of journalists. Uyghurs, a Turkic people indigenous to China's northwest, make up a shocking proportion of those in jail.

Hundreds Rally in New York for Release of Ilham Tohti

PEN American Center | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
PEN American Center

More than 200 supporters joined PEN American Center Monday night at a public candlelight vigil for Ilham Tohti, the Uyghur writer and scholar who was sentenced to life in prison on September 23 in China on unfounded charges of separatism.

Big Trouble in Big China: Far West Terrorism, Trade Problems With Taiwan and Hong Kong Wants Something Called Democracy

T. Dean Reed | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
T. Dean Reed

China is having difficulties, west, east and center.

Why Beijing Fears Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti

Alim A. Seytoff | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Alim A. Seytoff

Since Xi Jinping became China's new president more than a year ago, questioning or criticizing Chinese Communist Party rule has become an extremely risky business for academics, scholars and lawyers in China.

#FreeIlham: Writers Pose for a Cause

PEN American Center | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
PEN American Center

As his daughter Jewher Ilham accepted the award on his behalf, she had one last request from the luminaries in the room, who included James Salter, Jennifer Egan, John Waters and even members of Pussy Riot: support the campaign for her father's release online with the hashtag #FreeIlham.