Imprisoned Uighur rights activist Ilham Tohti has won the 2017 Weimar Human Rights award. Ulrich Delius from the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) spoke with DW about Tohti’s work and the significance of the award.
DW: Why is the Weimar Human Rights award important for shedding light on human rights issues in China and Tohti’s activism?
Ulrich Delius: The award is very important for human rights because Tohti is one of China’s most prominent political prisoners. He was sentenced to life in prison and has been incarcerated for almost four years. Even dedicated human rights activists can quickly be forgotten. That is why this award and this man are so enormously important.
Tohti is not only a committed human rights activist; he is someone who could be part of the solution regarding many problems in the multi-ethnic society of the People’s Republic of China.