|What are the chances of Ilham Tohti getting a fair trial on separatism charges?|
Does the Chinese government realize its policies are provoking Uyghurs to resort to violence?
Tohti was their moderate voice, but now that he's been incommunicado, radical Uyghurs don't seem to see any way out except through brandishing knives and setting off homemade explosive devices.
His daughter Jewher is studying in Bloomington, Indiana -- her father was supposed to go with her on a one-year visiting scholar position at Indiana University, but was detained at Beijing International Airport in February 2013.
"I am angry about this, they have not followed the legal path," she said. "My father was only trying to foster a dialogue. What they have charged him with is untrue."
Now that Tohti will be tried for separatism, Jewher and her family need to step up the campaign to rally the rest of the world to protest her father's innocence. International pressure is needed now to show Uyghurs they have not been forgotten.
He was the winner of the 2014 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. More information about Tohti here.