EU Risks China’s Wrath by Honoring Uighur Activist
The European Parliament awarded jailed Uighur academic and activist Ilham Tohti the Sakharov Prize for human rights yesterday. Chinese authorities sentenced the trained economist to life in prison in 2014 on charges that included separatism, provoking an international outcry. He’s widely respected for speaking out against Beijing’s internment camps, which are believed to hold more than one million ethnic Uighurs from the northwestern Xinjiang region.
How will China react? Some say relations between Brussels and Beijing might take a serious hit — especially after EP President David Sassoli called for Tohti’s release.
Read this OZY feature about China’s crackdown on religion.