Tag Archives: Ilham Tohti

Present-Day Ethnic Problems in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region: Overview and Recommendations (2) – Bilingual Education

By Ilham Tohti, translated by Cindy Carter, published: April 23, 2015

Continued from I. Unemployment

II. Bilingual Education


Besides unemployment, the issue that provokes the most intense reaction within Xinjiang’s Uighur community is the issue of bilingual education. In practice, “bilingual education” in Xinjiang has essentially become “monolingual education” (i.e. Mandarin-only education.) Continue reading

Present-Day Ethnic Problems in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region: Overview and Recommendations (1) – Unemployment

By Ilham Tohti, translated by Cindy Carter, published: April 22, 2015


This article, a total of 24,000 words in Chinese, was first posted on the Daxiong Gonghui (“大象公会”) website after the Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti’s arrest in January, 2014. Continue reading

PEN SA celebrates International Mother Language Day

by Deborah on Feb 21st, 2015

‘The right to speak, teach and learn in one’s own mother tongue is a fundamental human right. Language is key to knowing and expressing both one’s culture and one’s self. Continue reading

Chinese Court Frees Uyghur Linguist Following Appeal


60ac535d-263f-4696-98ae-69c6f19b00c8Abduweli Ayup and his daughter in a file photo.
Photo courtesy of Ayup’s family

Chinese authorities have freed a U.S.-educated Uyghur linguist who sought Continue reading

China Sentences Uighur Scholar’s Tohti Students to Up to 8 Years

By Joshua Fellman Dec 8, 2014 3:12 PM ET

China sentenced seven students of incarcerated scholar Ilham Tohti, a member of the country’s Uighur minority, to three to eight years in prison for separatism, Hong Kong government broadcaster RTHK said. Continue reading

China: Release writers Gao Yu and Ilham Tohti


Gao-Yu-Ilham1(London, 21 November, 2014) – Chinese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release veteran journalist Gao Yu and writer and academic Ilham Tohti, a member of China’s Uyghur minority, PEN International said today. Continue reading

Humanitarian China: A public appeal for humanitarian donation for Ilham Tohti

We are extremely shocked to learn that a moderate and rational Uighur academic, Ilham Tohti, had been sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of all personal property on September 23 on charges of “separatism”. We strongly protest such political persecution.

As a response to the urge of netizens, we launch a donation campaign for Ilham Tohti and ask for public support. Continue reading

Take Action for Uyghur writer and PEN member Ilham Tohti

PEN International is seriously concerned for the well-being of Uyghur writer, academic and Uyghur PEN member, Ilham Tohti, who was formally charged with “splittism” on 20 February 2014, amid a crackdown on Chinese Uyghurs critical of the government. His wife received formal notification of the charges on 25 February. Dozens of writers have joined American PEN in calling for his release. Continue reading