The European Parliament gave their top human rights award to a jailed Uyghur scholar. We went to Strasbourg to learn more about the treatment of him and other Chinese muslims.

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Jewher Ilham holds a picture of her father during the Sakharov Prize ceremony in Strasbourg, Dec 18, 2019. Chinese government hasn’t given any information on him since 2017.

The chair reserved for Ilham Tohti, this year’s Sakharov Prize laureate is empty. Jewher Ilham, his daughter, doesn’t want to be here either. She would rather live in a world where such awards wouldn’t need to exist.

“I have never signed up for this. I hate politics. I hate traveling every week to a different place just to speak on behalf of my father. But Chinese government left me with no choice”, she said at the seminar for journalists.

The last time she saw her father was at Beijing airport in 2013. Indiana University invited Tohti to take a visiting scholar position. Jewher, who at the time was a college freshman in China, joined him for the U.S. …



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