关于要求立即释放伊力哈木教授的联署 Petition for the Immediate Release of Professor Ilham Tohti

(原始文本:中文,英文在后。 Original Language Version: Chinese, English version at the end. )

2014年1月15日下午,民族大学维吾尔族学者伊力哈木·土赫提被警察从北京家中带走,并对其家进行两次长达数小时的搜查。迄今伊力哈木下落不明,其妻儿母亲被限制自由。中国外交部发言人在2014年 1月16日宣称伊力哈木涉嫌违法案件。

现年44岁的伊力哈木·土赫提是民族大学国际结算专业的副教授。他于2006年创办的“维吾尔在线”网站,面对封杀打压坚持至今,成为让中文世界了解新疆问题真实状况的重要窗口。伊力哈木始终反对新疆独立与任何暴力行为,积极推动维吾尔族和汉族之间的友好沟通,他把解决新疆问题的主要希望寄托于中国政府调整错误的新疆政策。为此他对当局现行新疆政策进行批评,同时提出各种改进建议。他的批评和建议皆以认真的课题研究为基础。他被中国思想学术界视为维吾尔族和汉族之间弥足珍贵的桥梁人物,被新疆当地人民视为有勇气的民族代言人,他应该能够成为未来解决新疆问题的重要民间领袖,在民族和解中发挥难以替代的作用。

我们呼吁:

1.当局马上释放伊力哈木,否则就应公布伊力哈木“涉嫌违法案件”的案情,拿出足以服人的事实和证据,而非以言治罪。

2.警方必须保证伊力哈木的人身权利,允许伊力哈木本人和家人委托的律师介入案件并依法会见当事人,解除对其家人的非法人身限制。

从2008年的拉萨事件到2009年的乌鲁木齐事件至今,中国政府民族政策的失败与恶果已是有目共睹。伊力哈木的被抓标志着当局在拒绝反思错上加错的路上继续前行。一党权力是暂时的,国民未来是永久的,维护一党眼前之稳定,毁损国民长远之未来,每个中国国民对此都有权过问和追究,为国家未来也即自己的未来负起责任。其他国家的国民同样有权关注,因为维吾尔人的苦难即是人类的苦难,中国未来的灾难则会危及整个世界。

让我们用签名表达对伊力哈木的关注!

联署表单: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15EVdct52bl32-bvTlVAzriIgToZw2TMBxaImWVb171Y/viewform

联署结果: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AsKDF8_HXe4IdGowdmRKcXAyd0REa2QxSFBtRjhlX1E&output=html

伊力哈木:我的理想和事业选择之路 https://s3.amazonaws.com/wenyunchao_share/Ilham_01.html


Petition for the Immediate Release of Professor Ilham Tohti

In the afternoon on January 15, 2014, China’s Minzu University Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti was taken from his home in Beijing by the police. His home was also ransacked twice. His whereabouts are unknown to this day. Authorities have also restricted his wife and mother’s movements. On January 16, 2014, the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said that Tohti was suspected of committing crimes and violating the law.

Forty-four year old Ilham Tohti is an associate professor of economics at Minzu University. In 2006, he founded the website Uighur Biz. Despite being constantly blocked and suppressed, it has become an important window for the Chinese-speaking world to know about the reality of the Xinjiang situation. Ilham Tohit has always opposed Xinjiang independence and violence of any kind. He actively pushes for friendly communication between Uighurs and Chinese. He put his faith of solving the Xinjiang issue in the Chinese government adjusting its problematic Xinjiang policy. Because of this, he has criticized the Chinese government’s Xinjiang policy, and at the same time, proposed various changes. His criticism and suggestions are all based on serious academic research. He is regarded by the intellectual community as a precious man who bridges Uighurs with Chinese, and by the local Xinjiang people as a courageous representative of Uighurs. In the future, he should be an important civic leader in solving the Xinjiang issue, and play an irreplaceable role in ethnic reconciliation.

We strongly urge:

1. Chinese authorities to release Ilham Tohti immediately, otherwise, announce the details of his alleged “crimes.” Authorities should use evidences to prove the case, rather than criminalizing speech.

2. The police must guarantee to Ilham Tohti individual rights, allowing a lawyer of his or his family’s choosing to be involved and meet with him. The police should also withdraw from unlawfully restricting the movements of his family.

Since the 2008 Lhasa violence to the 2009 Urumqi riots to today, the failure of China’s ethnic policy is obvious to all. The detention of Ilham Tohti demonstrates that the Chinese government is continuing its mistakes. The Communist Party’s grip on power is temporary, but the wellbeing of the Chinese people should be lasting. The Chinese Communist Party maintains present stability by sacrificing the future of the people. Every Chinese citizen has the right to hold the Communist party accountable, taking shared responsibility for the sake of the future of the country. Citizens of other countries may also pay attention to this event, because the suffering of the Uighur people is the suffering of all human beings, and China’s failure could jeopardize the entire world.

By signing the petition, we express our concern over Ilham Tohti!

Signing the petition: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15EVdct52bl32-bvTlVAzriIgToZw2TMBxaImWVb171Y/viewform

See the petitioners’ list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AsKDF8_HXe4IdGowdmRKcXAyd0REa2QxSFBtRjhlX1E&output=html

Ilham Tohti: My Dream and the Journey of My Career (in Chinese) https://s3.amazonaws.com/wenyunchao_share/Ilham_01.html

(Translated by Yaqiu)

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