Tomurti villiage in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is shown in this undated file photo.

Uyghur herder: “We are forced to move, our village and heritage is going to vanish without a trace.”

Ilham Tohti in France, February 2009. Photo: RFA

The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year in October, to honor individuals or organizations who have dedicated their lives to defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

I didn’t grow up in the most free of countries. There was always a looming knowledge that saying the wrong thing could land you in jail.

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The Uyghur American Association (UAA) organized a demonstration in front of China's embassy in Washington, DC on February 5, 2014 to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre. At the event, the Uyghur Human Rights Project conducted an interview with Ilyar Shamseden, originally of Ghulja, about the history of the massacre.