The Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti receives a human rights award, even as he remains jailed for life since 2014 on charges of encouraging separatism and terrorism
The Martin Ennals Award, given by a group of 10 organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, will be bestowed this year on the longtime moderate advocate for Uighur equality. Though the Chinese government claims he "openly made heroes of terrorist extremists that conducted violent terror attacks" and supported the East Turkestan separatist movement, Western governments and academics overwhelmingly disagree and find no reason for him to remain behind bars.
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