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  • China: Free Ilham Tohti

    PEN International 21 February 2018 Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur scholar sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of of separatism, in 2010 was focus PEN case for Mother Language Day in 2015. On International Mother Language Day, PEN International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the imprisoned Uyghur writer Ilham Tohti. 21 February 2018 – Tohti is a public intellectual from China’s Uyghur minority and one the world’s foremost scholars on Uyghur issues. Arrested in January 2014, charged with ‘Splittism’ (advocating separatism) in July 2014, and convicted following an unfair trial on 23 September 2014, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of all his property. Tohti’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was rejected in November 2014. Tohti has never promoted violence or separatism. In 2006, he co-founded the website Uyghur Online, aimed at promoting understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese. But his criticism of the Chinese authorities for their heavy-handed treatment of the Uyghur minority made him the target of frequent harassment. Following his initial arrest, the Bureau of Public Security for Urumqi alleged that Tohti had been using the website as a platform to recruit followers. PEN International first began working on Tohti’s case in 2009, following his detention for speaking out about ethnic unrest that broke out in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), on 5 July 2009. Initially placed under house arrest, he was later transferred to an unknown location where he was kept incommunicado before being released six weeks later. Further harassment followed, including periods spent under house arrest. Tohti is a member of Uyghur PEN and received the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award in 2014. He was an honorary Empty Chair at PEN International’s world congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2014. Take Action: Write to the Chinese government: Calling for the […]

     
  • Let’s write for freedom, let the “Wild pigeon” go free!

    Aziz Isa ElkunSecretary of PEN International Uyghur Centrewww.azizisa.org/en ئەركىنلىك ئۈچۈن يازايلى، «ياۋا كەپتەر» ئەركىن پەرۋاز قىلسۇن * Presentation at “The First International Conference of Four-PEN Platform” held in Malmö City hall in Sweden on 28 August 2017. Dear ladies and gentlemen, friends and colleagues of the PEN, I am honoured to be here to speak on behalf of the Uyghur PEN Center and for the Uyghur people who are almost entirely denied freedom of expression by China in this digital era of the 21st century ! As we are writers, translators and intellectuals in many artistic and cultural fields gathered here to find common ground – the slogan ‘no enemies, no hatred’ is easily said, but in the current reality for Uyghurs in their homeland of East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), who are now suffering from unprecedented oppression and lack of rights, this is a hard goal to achieve. But the hate that separates us from each other – which may be based on race, religion or gender or other types of discrimination – will fail, because that hate is artificially bred by governments or other power holders to achieve their aims. The history of humanity always reminds us that tolerance and forgiveness are the only remedies that can achieve peace and prosperity for all of us in the global village. The author of the “Wild Pigeon” – Numuhammet Yasin – is still kept in a Chinese prison since 2004. I recently found an old newspaper dating back to 1992, in which our poems were published in the same column. But I am free and my colleague is in prison. I was at university in the same year as Ilham Tohti, and until few months before his arrest, we kept email exchange. Now he is sentenced […]

     
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    KHAMITZHAN  KHAMRAYEV President of the Uyghur PEN CenterEmail: hamra@mail.ru  KHAMITZHAN  KHAMRAYEV (Hamid Hamrayev) was born in Kazakhstan. He studied at the University of Uzbekistan. Later, under the EU program, he studied in France and Belgium. Worked as a teacher at the school and researcher at the Institute of Uighur studies of the AS Kazakhstan. Scientist, translator, writer.The author of numerous scientific publications. Translated from Uyghur into Russian a large number of poetic and prosaic works of Uyghur authors. From French to Russian translated the book by R.Grusse “The Empire of the Steppes.” The author of the dilogy (2 books) “Way tu Gulja” and tetralogy (4 books) “Mission of Khojas”. Since 2009 – General Secretary, 2014 – The President of the International Uyghur PEN Center. AZIZ ISA ELKUN Secretary of Uyghur PEN CentreEmail: azizisaa@gmail.com Address: Unit 35866, PO Box 6945, London, W1A 6US, UK  Aziz Isa Elkun is a writer and academic. He was born in Shayar County in East Turkistan. He graduated from Urumchi University. He has been living in London since 2001. In London, he studied at Birkbeck University. He has published many poems, stories, and research articles in both Uyghur and and English language (www.azizisa.org). He has co-authored English language articles in Inner Asia and Central Asian Survey (‘Invitation to a Mourning Ceremony’: Perspectives on the Uyghur Internet and Islam by smartphone: reading the Uyghur Islamic revival on WeChat’). From 2013, he worked as a Research Assistant on the “Sounding Islam China” project in SOAS, University of London. In 2012, he published his first book “Journey from Danube river to the Orkhun valley” in Uyghur. He is an active member of the exile Uyghur Community and founder of a Uyghur music group – the London Uyghur Ensemble. Since September 2017, he has served as Secretary of the PEN International Uyghur Centre (www.uyghurpen.org). Since September […]

     
  • Milliy Musteqilliq Biz Uyghurlardin Yene Qanchilik Uzaqta?

    Asiye Uyghur 1. Musteqilliqning shertliri we ré’alliqimizdiki mewjut mesililer Milliy musteqilliq bolsa her bir döletning allah ata qilghan hoquqi bolup , mustemlikichi döletlerning küchliri zor derijide ajizlighan 21-esirdimu yenila nurghun milletler öz dölitining musteqilliqi üchün tinimsiz köresh qiliwatidu. Elwette xelq’ara weziyet intayin murekkep we milliy musteqilliq heriketliri yenila nurghun döletlerning soda menpe’etige yandash bolsimu, emma bundaq ehwalning kélip chiqishimu kontrol qilish mumkin bolmaydighan ishlardur. Chünki dunya jama’iti bilen birge yashawatqan héchbir millet jama’et ichidiki ishlardin mustesna birer ishlarni wujutqa chiqiralmaydu. Undaqta biz yiraqni qoyup yéqinqi yeni ikki minginji yillardin kéyin musteqil bolghan döletlerge qarap baqayli: 1. Sherqiy timor démukratik jumhuriyiti, 16-esirdin bashlap portigaliye teripidin mustemlike qilin’ghan, kéyin gollandiye bilen birlikte mustemlike qilin’ghan dölet bolup, ikkinji dunya urushidin kéyin sherqiy timor portogaliyining bir ölkisi bolup qalghan. 1975-yili musteqilliq herikitini qozghighan we uzun yillar izchil köresh qilish dawamida 2002-yili musteqilliq élan qilghan we bashqa döletlerning birdek étirap qilishigha érishken. 2. Qara tagh jumhuriyiti. 19-esirdila musteqil dölet bolghan we étirap qilin’ghan bolsimu, lékin balqan ariligha jaylashqan bu dölet jughrapiyilik orni seweblik nurghun döletlerni “Bir Qismi”gha aylinip qalghan. 2-dunya urushidin kéyin yügüslawiye jumhuriyitining ittipaqdash dölitige aylinip qalghan. 90-yillardiki sowét ittipaqining parchilinishi bilen yuguslawiye ittipaqidiki nurghun döletler musteqilliq élan qilghan. Qara tagh bolsa 2006- 5-ayning 21-küni omum xelq awazgha qoyush arqiliq 5présenlik kichikkine üstünlük bilen musteqil bolghan we 6-ayning 3-küni 1-dunya urushidiki musteqil dölitini eslige keltürgen. Shu yili 6-ayning 28-küni b d t gha resmiy eza bolghan we dunya teripidin resmiy étirapqa érishken. 3. Jenubiy sudan jumhuriyiti. Afriqining sherqiy qismigha jaylashqan bu dölet sudan jumhuriyitidin ayrilip chiqqan bolup, 2011-yili 9-iyulda musteqilliq élan qilghan we afriqa chong quruqluqidiki 54-dölet bolghan shundaqla pütün dunyaning étirap qilishigha érishken. Bu dölet nöwette dunyadiki eng yash dölet hésablinidu. Yuqarqi üch döletning musteqil bolalishi bizge shuni ispatlap turuptiki, uyghur xelqi üchün musteqilliq peqet bir chüshla emes, belki tarixiy pursetlerge tolghan hazirqi […]

     
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