Jailed Uighur’s daughter receives EU rights prize

The daughter of jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti received the EU's top rights prize on his behalf Wednesday, saying she…

The daughter of jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti received the EU’s top rights prize on his behalf Wednesday, saying she did not even know if he was still alive.

Jewher Ilham said she hoped the award of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize would help her father, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for “separatism” in a trial that provoked an outcry from foreign governments and human rights organisations.

The parliament hailed the former economics professor as a “voice of moderation and reconciliation” when it announced the award in October, while Beijing condemned the move, calling Tohti a “terrorist”.

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