China angered as U.N. rights chief attends ceremony for jailed academic

China angered as U.N. rights chief attends ceremony for jailed academic
 

China expressed anger on Wednesday after the United Nations human rights chief spoke at an award ceremony for a prominent Chinese academic jailed for life two years ago for campaigning for the rights of the Muslim Uighur people.
Ilham Tohti, who is an ethnic Uighur, was selected from three finalists for the Martin Ennals Award, whose jury is composed of 10 activist groups, including Amnesty International, where Ennals was an early secretary-general.
China has dismissed the award, saying Tohti's crimes were clear.
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12 October 2016 in World News, Views: 28
Source: Reuters
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