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European Parliament: Rights Award Boosts Pressure on China

Expand In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Uighur minority, gestures as he speaks during an interview at his home in Beijing, China.  © 2014 AP Photo/Andy Wong, File (Brussels) – The European Parliament should use its 2019 Sakharov Prize, awarded to the unjustly detained Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, to significantly increase pressure on China to release him, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the European Parliament leadership. China has arbitrarily detained 1 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in its northwestern Xinjiang region. The…

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