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China sentences Uighur professor to life in prison on separatism charge
China sentences Uighur professor to life in prison on separatism charge

Ilham Tohti, an economics professor in Beijing who questioned Chinese government policies toward the nation’s Uighur ethnic minority, was convicted on charges of separatism Tuesday and sentenced to life in prison. The decision was met with disappointment and shock by many observers. Maya Wang, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, said the sentence was incredibly harsh,” and “unprecedented for a prominent activist in China in recent memory” on her Twitter account. The sentence includes complete seizure of his assets, according to Tohti’s lawyers. Tohti was formally indicted on charges of separatism in July after being detained for seven months. One of his...

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