But that year, suddenly and without warning, he disappeared. His friends believe that after a secret trial, Prof Tiyip was convicted of separatism and sentenced to death.
- Andreas Illmer
Prof Tiyip is a Muslim Uighur, and rights groups say his conviction is part of a wider persecution of Uighur intellectuals as China tackles what it says is a separatist, terrorist threat.
“There are hundreds of Uighur academics and…