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Tashpolat Tiyip: Uighur leading geographer facing execution in China

Until 2017, Tashpolat Tiyip was a model academic, head of Xinjiang University, globally connected and with an honorary PhD from a...

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
  • BBC

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…

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