Ilham Tohti – Write for Rights

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Demand action. Tell China to release Ilham Tohti immediately and unconditionally.

“The path I have pursued all along is honourable and peaceful. I have relied only on pen and paper.”

Interview with Ilham Tohti filmed by: Tsering Woeser

Ilham Tohti is a well-respected university professor, known for his moderate views on ethnic issues in China. Yet in January 2014 he was taken from his home in Beijing by police.

For five months, family and friends were not told where he was. He was denied food for 10 days and had his feet in shackles for 20 days straight. Then in September 2014 he was given a life sentence – supposedly for stirring up ethnic hatred.
Ilham comes from the Uighur community, a largely Muslim ethnic group that faces widespread discrimination in his home region, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. In recent years, there has been a rise in tensions between ethnic groups there, as well as an increase in violent attacks.

Ilham adamantly opposed violence and worked tirelessly to build bridges and encourage cooperation between communities. Through his writing and lectures he also highlighted government practices that discriminated against many aspects of Uighurs’ lives.But now he faces a lifetime in jail. He’s being cruelly punished for peacefully challenging the Chinese government’s policies towards ethnic minorities.

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  1. sir = case filed by my late father in 1992 = many cases = no relief = order dated 27 nov 1992 willfully disobeyed = demolition order dated 13 april 1993 admittedly not executed — south delhi municipal corporation has filed about 15 false affidavits — sdmc has willfully disobeyed about 15 orders = lost hope of justice — pray give justice — india

  2. sir — magistrate broke my bone and put me in jail in false case = i was not treated for bone fracture in jail in willful disobedience of written order of chief judicial magistrate = lost hope of justice — pray give justice — india

  3. sir — case filed by my late father in 1992 = many cases = no relief = order dated 27 nov 1992 willfully disobeyed — demolition order dated 13 april 1993 admittedly disobeyed = south delhi municipal corporation has filed about 15 false affidavits — sdmc has willfully disobeyed about 15 orders = lost hope of justice — pray give justice = india

  4. sir — case filed by my late father in 1992 = many cases = no relief — order dated 27 nov 1992 willfully disobeyed = demolition order dated 13 april 1993 willfully disobeyed = south delhi municipal corporation has filed about 15 false affidavits = sdmc has willfully disobeyed about 15 orders — lost hope of justice — pray give justice — india

  5. sir = case filed by my late father in 1992 = many cases = no relief – order dated 27 nov 1992 disobeyed- demolition order dated 13 april 1993 disobeyed – massive perjury & contempt by south delhi municipal corporation – exhausted all remedies in india = pray give justice – india

  6. sir – magistrate broke my bone & put me in jail in false case – i was not treated for bone fracture in jail in willful disobedience of order of judicial magistrate = charge sheet is one sided = pray give justice – india

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