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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

A Beijing economics professor who had become China’s most prominent critic of government policies toward the nation’s Uighur ethnic minority was convicted on charges of separatism Tuesday and sentenced to life in prison. The trial of Ilham Tohti had been denounced by international human rights groups and foreign governments, including the United States, who described the case as persecution of a moderate intellectual who had sought to foster dialogue between Uighurs and China’s Han ethnic majority. The ruling by the court in Urumqi, capital of China’s far western Xinjiang province that is the homeland of China’s Uighurs, was met with disappointment and shock...

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