Tuesday, October 4, 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

Catalan & #8216; rebel & #8217; Puigdemont is no longer allowed to enter European Parliament buildings

The former President of the Government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, is no longer allowed to enter the buildings of the European Parliament after the ...

British House of Commons votes in favor of saying goodbye to EU, but does not state a date

The British parliament has approved the agreement that Prime Minister Boris Johnson concluded in Brussels earlier this month with the EU heads of government ...

Geschiedenis TV about fabrications of Boris Johnson as EU correspondent

The Dutch public broadcaster NTR will broadcast a television program on Wednesday about the lies, fabrications and fantasy messages of the then British correspondent Boris ...

Romanian president now re-elected; clear the way for the recovery of the pro-EU course

President Klaus Iohannis Romania was easily re-elected for a new term of office on Sunday. He defeated his socialist in a second ballot ...

Libyan peace council: iedereen ceases military support, they say

The participants in the Libya peace meeting in Berlin agreed on Sunday on compliance with a long-standing UN arms embargo, ...

Just in

European Union improves the approach to cross-border diseases

Since the corona pandemic, the European Union has been working on the establishment of a Health Union, the contours of which are becoming increasingly visible...

Bird flu among poultry in the EU has never been as serious as this season

Avian flu among poultry in Europe has never been this serious in recent decades. The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza is...

EU is working on stricter rules for the processing of residual asbestos

The European Commission wants to considerably tighten up the directive against asbestos pollution. Brussels wants to increase the limit value established fifteen years ago by a factor...

EU countries obliged to save energy; at least five percent

The Energy Ministers believe that ten percent less energy should be used in the EU countries: five percent mandatory and another...

Fewer dairy cows in most EU dairy countries; not in the Netherlands

The number of dairy cows in the European Union decreased again last year. The livestock has been declining continuously for six years. According to...