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e-3226 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Christopher Rhee from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Dr. Ilham Tohti, a prominent Uyhgur economics professor at Central Minzu University in Beijing and human rights advocate, was detained by Chinese authorities on January 15, 2014, in his home;
  • Dr. Tohti was charged of separatism and sentenced to life for his peaceful advocacy work in support of the rights of China’s Uyghur minority as well as his website (, the website promoted dialogue and reconciliation between the Han Chinese and the Uyghurs;
  • Public information regarding Dr. Tohti’s situation, including where he is being held and his physical and mental health, is still unavailable;
  • Contrary to the Chinese constitution, which permits family visits for prisoners, Dr. Tohti has been denied regular access to his family;
  • The House of Commons has declared China’s treatment of the Uyghurs a genocide; and
  • The Government of Canada is proud to be identified as a proponent against the fight for human rights both home and abroad.
We, the undersigned, students of POLI 464F at the University of British Columbia, call upon the Government of Canada to call for the release and full acquittal of Professor Ilham Tohti from Chinese custody.
Open for signature
March 10, 2021, at 1:13 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 8, 2021, at 1:13 p.m. (EDT)
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Conservative Caucus