Jailed Uighur, Brazil chief among European rights prize nominees

Prominent Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti was sentenced to life imprisonment on a court in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang

Issued on: 08/10/2019 - 18:36

Brussels (AFP)

A Uighur scholar imprisoned in China since 2014 and a trio of Brazilian activists were nominated Tuesday for a top European rights prize, along with Kenyans fighting female genital mutilation.

The European Parliament named Ilham Tohti -- serving a life sentence on separatism charges for advocating the rights of Uighurs, a Muslim minority in China's northwest Xinjiang region -- on the shortlist for its Sakharov Prize, weeks after he scooped another award for his activism, much to Beijing's anger.

From Brazil, murdered political activist Marielle Franco made the list jointly with tribal chief Raoni Metuktire, who campaigns against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and rights defender Claudelice Silva dos Santos.

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