We are deeply concerned about the announcement that Professor Ilham Tohti has been
charged with separatism, after more than six months of detention without adequate access
to his lawyer and proper medical care. For years, Professor Tohti has worked peacefully
within China’s laws to promote equal rights for all of China’s citizens and to encourage
exchange and understanding between different ethnic groups.
We urge China to provide him immediately with adequate medical care, to release him
without delay, and to ensure full respect for his rights and freedoms, including due legal
process and freedom of expression and movement, as recognised under China’s international
human rights commitments and Constitution.