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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

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he 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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Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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