Prominent Uighur scholar, Ilham Tohti, has been formally arrested and charged with “separatism” in China. The charge is punishable by 10 years to life in prison, or even the death penalty. He is still denied access to his lawyer and his family, and is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
A senior Chinese official has warned the West against meddling in his country’s domestic affairs. Zhu Weiqun said that China has “time on its side” to win over Western opinion to its point of view on the restive regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.
A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi, details widespread human rights violations committed by the People’s Republic of China in the wake of unrest in Urumchi on July 5, 2009.