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China: Deplorable life sentence for Uighur academic

Headline Title:  China: Deplorable life sentence for Uighur academic 23 September 2014 The life sentence handed down by a Chinese court to prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti on charges of “separatism” is an affront to justice, Amnesty International said. “This shameful judgement has no basis in reality. Ilham Tohti worked to peacefully build bridges between ethnic communities and for that he has been punished through politically motivated charges,” said William Nee, China Researcher at Amnesty International. “Tohti is a prisoner of conscience and the Chinese authorities…

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