The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) expresses alarm upon hearing that Uyghur economist, Ilham Tohti has been formally arrested and charged with “separatism.” UHRP believes the charge reflects not only a zero tolerance policy to Uyghur dissent, but also the growing intractability of China towards international criticism of its ethnic policies. UHRP challenges the Chinese government to present compelling evidence to prove its charges against Mr. Tohti and to respect its own laws.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, no one in China is safe from the government,” said UHRP Director, Alim Seytoff in a statement from Washington, DC. “Outspoken or silent, pro-government or anti-government, moderate or extreme….[…]
UHRP, February 25, 2014
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