Solidarity with Ilham Tohti & East Turkestan!
"A court in China has found a prominent Uighur scholar guilty of separatism and jailed him for life, his lawyer says.
Ilham Tohti had spoken out on China’s policies towards the Muslim Uighur minority in the restive Xinjiang region, but had denied being a separatist.
Correspondents say China is taking a tougher line amid rising Xinjiang-linked violence.
Amnesty International has called the verdict “deplorable”.
The EU, US and the United Nations have all previously called for his release.
The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court found Tohti guilty after a two-day trial that ended last week. It also ordered all of Tohti’s money and property seized.
His lawyer, Li Fangping, told BBC Chinese that he would be filing an appeal.
"He told us that no matter the verdict, he will not be angry nor seek revenge. No matter whether he is in jail or if he is freed in the future, he will still advocate for dialogue between Uighurs and Han Chinese," he said."