採訪/朱智善 編輯/周平 後製/李勇
Jailed Ilham Tohti’s Daughter Refused Interview,
Give’s Evidence to US Congress:
Associate Professor of Central University for Nationalities
Ilham Tohti, was intercepted by police on Jan. 15.
During the past three months, his family have been unable
to see him.
On April 8, his daughter Jewher Ilham, attended a hearing held
by a US Congress panel looking into human rights in China.
She said, her father has never attempted dividing China,
but now her family in China are being suppressed by the Chinese
Communist Party(CCP) regime.
Nineteen year old Jewher Ilham, told US congress, the CCP
Authorities accused his father of instigating divide and hatred,
and supporting terrorism, which has no grounds.
In fact her father opposes all forms of violence.
Currently, Ilham Tohti is being detained in the Custody Centre
of Urumqi Municipal Public Security of Xianjiang.
He has been refused permission for an interview.
Jewher Ilham said, her family members in Beijing are also
being punished by the Government.
There are eight officers dispatched to watch over her family,
with 24-hour surveillance. .
An elder female cousin of Ilham Tohti, was interviewed by NTD.
She says, all visitors to Ilham Tohti’s home, are forcibly examined.
His mother in Xinjiang is seriously concerned
about her son and cries everyday.
She had been sent to the hospital on two occasions
since he was detained.
Ilham Tohti’s older female cousin: “Things are decidedly turning
bad for us now.
Past friends who once chatted to Ilham’s wife,
no longer do.
His children are very young and less than
four years of age.
The eldest one is a little introverted and is at grade one
of elementary school.
But he does not want to go to school, saying his school friends
ignore him, they no longer wish to play.”
Jewher Ilham points out, her seven year old brother,
witnessed the process of his dad being arrested.
He has now becomes very anti-social and introverted.
He also often has nightmares.
Ilham Tohti’s wife Guzaili Nu’er told NTD, how she is now
particularly worried about her elder son’s health.
Guzaili Nu’er: “The children feel much fear at present. we are
being watched constantly by the police.
They also do not feel safe with Dad gone.
They fear for his safety too.
It is bringing them much distress, they miss him immensely.
Even when teachers at school ask the elder son questions,
he does not answer, he can only cry.
Their situation is so very sad to see.
The children are having many restless nights,
with many dreams everyday.
Sometimes my son gets up as soon as he’s gone to bed.
He is not getting much sleep.
He says to me, Mum, I am missing dad, and I had a dream.”
Ilham Tohti is the founder of the website “Uyghur Online”.
Some of his Uygur students including the editor
and translator of the website were all caught
by the police in the same day when he was arrested.
On Feb. 20, Urumqi Municipal Procuratorate, officially
arrested Ilham Tohti.
They charged him with conspiring to divide the nation.
On the same day, post-graduate student of Central University
for Nationalities Perhat Xalmurat,
was also arrested and charged with the same crime.
Perhat Xalmurat was at one time, under the supervision
of Ilham Tohti
Guzaili Nu’er: “He (Ilham) was supervising six
They all ring me every day about my husband’s situation.
I replied no, no news. Their parents are also worried too.
They are not allowed to interview Ilham Tohti. I have no other ways.
All we can do now is wait for any news.”
Jewher Ilham says, there is only one reason why CCP have
arrested her father.
Its because he is supportive of good human rights and fair
treatment for the Uyghur people
February of last year, Ilham Tohti was scheduled to visit
Indiana Univeristy in US as a one-year visiting professor.
Jewher Ilham was also accompanying her father to the US.
But her dad was detained at the airport, insisting his
daughter be allowed on to the plane.
After arriving in USA, Jewher has been studying English
in Indiana University.
Since large scale turmoil broke out in Xinjiang
in July of 2009,
Ilham Tohti has been under house arrest.
He questioned the excuses of the CCP’s multiple events of
violence in Xinjiang,
He also publicly criticised the CCP’s policies on Xinjiang.
Guzaili Nu’er: “The crime by which they have charged
my husband, is such lies, its ludicrous.
His elder brother has visited him twice,
but I can not go.
He was not allowed to meet with Ilham Tohti.
The lawyer also visited twice, without success too.
The lawyer recommends we wait.”
Guzaili Nu’er is discussing her husbands case with the
lawyer, Mr Li Fangping.
They are preparing to visit Urumqi again, to re-apply
for an interview with her husband.
Beijing lawyer Li Fangping: “Let me first contact them
and then we can decide what to do.
Otherwise, the application is rejected yet again with similar
excuses, and we cannot see him again.
The limp excuse the authorities gave last time, was an issue
of national secrets, hindering detection and investigation.”
US Department of State Jen Psaki, has deep concerns for the
detention of Ilham Tohti.
She called for the CCP authorities to ensure Ilham Tohti
and his students,
the freedom to enjoy relevant security, including free speech
provided by the international human rights standards.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/Zhou Ping Post-Production/Li Yong