Activist Ilham Tohti: Voice of Dissent For Uyghur Rights

Here is some sobering news.
Although this seems to be something on the other side of the world, never forget the same basic mindset of the Chinese Government could come knocking at your door.
Maybe not in a form as stark as this, but nevertheless the forces which disapprove of your personal choices and outlooks are always out there.

The Human Lens

Uyghurs, alternately Uygurs, Uighurs or Uigurs, are a Turkic minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia have been settled in China since long. PRC has been under fire for suppressing the Uighur community in the country’s western Xinjiang province as evidences pile on the human rights abuses.  

Today we will bring the story of an Uyghur activist who has been persecuted for speaking out against these atrocities. The Uyghur economist and activist, Ilham Tohti, 50 was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 as per China’s laws for “separatism charges.”

Coming from humble background where his widowed mother brought up the four siblings, Tohit excelled in his schooling and was supported by his family for continuing his academic aspirations. He attained master’s degree at Minzu University in Beijing, where later he became a professor in economics and social issues related…

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4 thoughts on “Activist Ilham Tohti: Voice of Dissent For Uyghur Rights

  1. Partial quote: “the forces which disapprove of your personal choices and outlooks are always out there.”
    Interesting you would point that out. As you probably know by now I have an innate tendency to reject anything the subservient public acquiesces to and supports of religious, state or financial/economic sourcing. Not surprisingly I found myself on the backlash side of COVID-19 propaganda even here on good ol’ WordPress, called an idiot, uncaring, childish, foolish and in one case accused of wearing my underpants on my head, if only on a certain day of the week. OK, so admittedly I’m a dissident. Give me a government program the majority approves of, or just accepts prima facie and I’m against it, at least until I can see the results of its implementation. C-19 was just too easy. The effects of the shut downs, lock downs and totalitarian social distancing and mask-wearing were quick to manifest in peaking social disruption and unrest; massive job losses and subsequent lineups at food banks and now increase in homelessness. Etc, etc., but if one refuses to join the chorus does that give the chorus automatic license to attack the dissenter? Isn’t it true that those who attack minorities and dissenters are simply demonstrating their lack of faith in their belief, or system? If you are the majority, why fear those who refuse to join your club/group/collective group think? So yes, the forces that desire to coerce individuals to join and think/express like them are everywhere, you could almost say “omnipresent.”

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    • It’s a compelling argument Sha’ Tara…..
      Save that from my side of the ‘cosmos’ I have to repeat the innate incompetency factor of Humanity (at one a blessing and a curse) prevents this from happening.
      They have tried, but they stumble over their own allegorical untied shoe laces (vanity, paranoia that their ‘associates’ are trying to best them, folk down the command chain screwing up, unforeseen natural circumstances, the butterfly effect and so on).
      True there are folk who try to snatch at the opportunities presented but what they grasp slips away from them.
      Oh, ‘they’ like to play this game, ‘they’ would have us believe this and ‘they’ are happy to go along with it because it inflates ‘their’ vanity.
      We are but another species on this planet. And Nature has sent us a reminder that in the scheme of things of this world our right and our place is conditional and we in the final analysis are less suited to survival than the most ‘humble’ of busy little insect or mollusc.

      Thus I must conclude on a classical note:

      I met a traveller from an antique land,
      Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
      Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
      Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
      And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
      Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
      Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
      The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
      And on the pedestal, these words appear:
      My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
      Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
      Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
      Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
      The lone and level sands stretch far away.”


      • A quote from a comment on another (very interesting!) blog: ” it seems that it’s one of the uglier human traits to exclude or marginalise what we don’t understand or even that which sits a little outside the comfort of the herd mentality.” (
        Quote: “Nature has sent us a reminder that in the scheme of things of this world our right and our place is conditional and we in the final analysis are less suited to survival than the most ‘humble’ of busy little insect or mollusc.” True, that. It should be obvious to anyone with a modicum of observational ability.

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      • Another facet is we try and find reasons; reasons which have exclusively human origins.
        Cosmologically speaking our existence is conditional. We can accept that and work with the environment we exist in to make our time within the Universe as comfortable as possible and thus even flourish.
        Or we can let ignorance and fear fester.


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