How to Nominate Professor Ilham Tohti for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Why nominate Ilham Tohti?

Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention. Photo: RFA

Ilham Tohti, an economics professor at Minzu University in Beijing, has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to peaceful dialogue between Uyghurs and the Han Chinese majority in China. Despite Professor Tohti’s dedication to nonviolence and reconciliation, in September 2014, he was subject to an unfair trial and sentenced to life in prison. Professor Tohti’s courageous work embodied the insight and guidance on inter-ethnic problems that should be embraced by Chinese officials. Instead, the government has chosen to silence Professor Tohti and to carry out a comprehensive program of repression of Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Muslim peoples in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Mass detention centers now hold a minimum of 800,000 Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, and possibly over 2 million, according to the U.S. State Department’s Senate testimony December 4, 2018.

Camp survivors who have reached safety describe starvation diets, torture, forced indoctrination, sleep deprivation, forced swallowing of unknown medications, withholding of medical care, and a high rate of deaths in custody. The camps are best described as modern-day concentration camps, and the largest detention of an ethnic minority since WWII.

Nomination deadline: January 31, 2019

A nomination may be submitted by, among other categories:

  • University professors, professors emeriti and associate professors of history, social sciences, law, philosophy, theology, and religion
  • University rectors and university directors (or their equivalents)
  • Directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes
  • Legislators

More on Ilham Tohti

Ilham Tohti: A Short Introduction | Updated Dec 10, 2018

An open letter on Ilham Tohti’s life | Signed by 39 Chinese and Uyghur scholars | Sept 4, 2018

Hundreds of academics urge China to free Professor Ilham Tohti | Amnesty International | 2016

Ilham Tohti, Uighur imprisoned for life by China, wins Martin Ennals human rights prize | 2016

Ilham Tohti: Political prisoner | Uyghur Human Rights Project | 2015

Ilham Tohti should get the Nobel peace prize, not life in prison | Sept 24, 2014

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