Wednesday 25 May 2022
Home EP China angry at European prize for Uyghur dissident Ilham Tohti

China angry at European prize for Uyghur dissident Ilham Tohti

China is angry with the European Parliament about awarding the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought to Uighur activist Ilham Tohti. Tohti is "a convicted criminal for Beijing," the Foreign Ministry said.


Beijing said it hoped that Europe would respect China's internal affairs and legal sovereignty and not show support for terrorists. A government spokesperson told them not to know what the price does not exactly entail. But I do know that Ilham Tohti is a criminal convicted by Chinese courts, she added.


lham Tohti is a former professor at the University of Beijing. For years he argued for more rights for the Uighur population in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. Many Uyghurs feel suppressed by the Chinese government. According to human rights organizations, up to a million Uyghurs in Sinkiang are being held in political re-education camps.


Tohti himself was sentenced to life imprisonment five years ago on charges of separatism and incitement to ethnic hatred and violence. By giving him the prize, the European Parliament puts the spotlight on the situation of the Uighur minority in China. & #8220; We strongly urge the Chinese government to release Tohti and to respect the rights of minorities in China & #8221 ;, said David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament.


Earlier in 2010, Beijing protested when the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo received the Nobel Peace Prize. But because the European Union is also very important for China in economic terms, the protest is now only words.


The Sakharov Prize is named after the Soviet dissident and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov. Last year the prize went to the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. Nelson Mandela was one of the earlier winners.

Popular

EP: breaking the European promise to the Balkan countries & #8216; strategic miss & #8217;

The blockade of the Netherlands, France and Denmark against the accession negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania is a "strategic miss". Right away...

Postponement in Berlaymont: EU is now waiting for Romanian and British candidates

This weekend the new European Commission should have been working under the leadership of the new President Ursula von der Leyen ...

EU threatens the Netherlands with a process to protect the pension system

The Netherlands must quickly do something about regulations that make it difficult for citizens to undergo their pensions abroad ...

EU Court: Spain must recognize the election of Catalan European politicians

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the Catalan political leader Oriol Junqueras imprisoned in Madrid had parliamentary immunity ...

German CDUs choose accelerated successor to Merkel and AKK

The German government party CDU wants to elect its new president on April 25, during an extra party congress. The new party chairman must ...

Just in

No vaccination of EU poultry against bird flu this year

The Agriculture Ministers of the 27 EU countries have unanimously approved a strategy to enable vaccination of chickens against bird flu....

EU consultation on 'agricultural money' for much more European biogas

The 27 EU-LNV ministers can discuss his plan for extra income support for farmers with Agriculture Commissioner Janus Wojciechowski on Tuesday. Last Friday, he...

EU eases customs process to accelerate Ukrainian exports

The European Parliament has approved the temporary suspension of EU import duties on Ukrainian products, in order to boost the country's exports.

EFSA cannot take over all national tests for new substances

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has insufficient budget to fully complete the assessment of new agricultural products of all 27 EU countries across...

American fields polluted with PFAS from contaminated sewage sludge as manure

In the United States, some 20 million hectares of cropland may have been contaminated by PFAS-contaminated sewage sludge used as fertilizer...