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Uighur activist Ilham Tohti wins EU's Sakharov Prize


Uighur activist Ilham Tohti wins EU's Sakharov Prize


The European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Ilham Tohti. He has been awarded the Sakharov Prize for his attempts to “foster dialogue” between Chinese people and the Uighur.

Tohti is an economist fighting for the rights of China's Uighur minority and the implementation of regional autonomy laws in China. In 2014 the human rights defender was sentenced to life imprisonment for separatism-related charges.

The EU's top human rights award will be presented on December 18 at a ceremony in the French city of Strasbourg.

Earlier this month, Tohti received the Council of Europe's Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize.