Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Chairmen Express Deep Concern Over the Recent Arrest of Uyghur Economics Professor Ilham Tohti

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:28

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chairmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) today expressed deep concern over the recent arrest and continued detention of economics professor and Uyghur rights advocate Ilham Tohti.

Using the 'T' Word to Justify Human Rights Abuses

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:26

From China to Burma to Egypt, some governments invoke the "T" word to justify official conduct that runs afoul of international human rights law.

Spanish judge issues arrest warrants for China's former President, Prime Minister

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:24
[File photo] Former President of China Jiang Zemin (left) and former PM Li Peng in Beijing on 17 March (year unknown)

A Spanish judge issued international arrest warrants Monday for China's former President Jiang Zemin and former Prime Minister Li Peng for alleged genocide against the people of Tibet, Spain's National Court in Madrid said.

Xinjiang Obscures State Security Stats, Trials Likely Up 10%

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 19:50
Police patrol around the clock to prevent crimes in Kashgar, XUAR, June 30, 2013. Photo credit:

Dui Hua estimates that the number of endangering state security (ESS) trials in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) rose 10 percent to nearly 300 trials in 2013.


Mon, 02/10/2014 - 19:47

The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the arrest and enforced disappearance of Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti and calls on the Chinese government to release him immediately.

Uyghur Scholar Tohti Speaks About His Concerns Before Detention

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 21:36
Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing, June 12, 2010.

He underlines his fears in a lengthy statement months before he was held on Jan. 15.

Obama Denounces Religious Repression

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:56
President Obama, seen on screen, speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday for the fifth time in his tenure in Washington.  Charles Dharapak/AP

President Obama on Thursday scolded China, Iran, North Korea and other countries known for repressing religious minorities and declared that promoting freedom of faith around the world was a central goal of American foreign policy.

China should release immediately Ilham Tohti

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 20:40
Beijing-based Uighur economics professor, Ilham Tohti, is being investigated for promoting Xinjiang's independence and abetting separatists. – Reuters pic.

On January 15th, 2014, China, a newly-elected UN Human Rights Council member, arrested distinguished Uyghur scholar and activist Ilham Tohti without specific charges, drawing swift condemnation from the United States and European Union.

Missing Uyghur Journalist Found Jailed on 'Separatism' Charges

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 20:30
Niyaz Kahar in an undated photo.

His mother breaks her silence over his whereabouts after more than three years.

Uyghur Official Murdered, Man Killed in Xinjiang

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:17

A Uyghur village secretary for the ruling Chinese Communist Party has been murdered and a Uyghur man shot dead in a township in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang province, adding to a spate of violence in recent months, according to local police and officials.


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