Hundreds Rally in New York for Release of Ilham Tohti

"Tohti is exactly the kind of influential moderate the Chinese government should have courted in their professed efforts to build social harmony,” said Dominic Moran, Director of Free Expression… More

MONDAY: Candlelight Vigil for Ilham Tohti

On Monday night, PEN American Center will host a public candlelight vigil for Ilham Tohti, the Uyghur writer and scholar who was sentenced to life in prison on September… More

Ilham Tohti Sentenced to Life in Prison

A writer, scholar, and leader in Uyghur PEN, Ilham Tohti founded Uyghur Online, a forum for dialogue between China’s Muslim Uyghur minority and majority Han populations. He was arrested… More

PEN Takes Action, Beijing Takes Notice

Beijing is trying to intimidate and isolate Ilham Tohti’s supporters. These paranoid security measures are in inverse proportion to the solidity of the case against him. More

China: What’s in a Law?

There seems to be a catch-all law for every form of speech the Chinese government finds disfavorable, despite the fact that China's constitution guarantees freedom of expression. More