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Rights Groups Call For Ilham Tohti’s Release on Fourth Anniversary of His Arrest

Rights activists and Uyghur advocacy groups today renewed their calls for the release from prison of Uyghur academic and blogger Ilham Tohti, who was arrested four years ago on charges of promoting separatism and is now serving a life term behind bars.

An outspoken economics professor who regularly highlighted the religious and cultural persecution of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, Tohti was sentenced on Sept. 23, 2014 following a two-day show trial.

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