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Jewher Ilham

Uyghur Advocate & Daughter of Imprisoned Scholar Ilham Tohti

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Jewher Ilham is an author and an advocate for the Uyghur community and for her imprisoned father, Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti.

Jewher has testified before U.S. Congress, published op-eds in The New York Times and the Guardian, and received numerous international awards on behalf of her father including the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize.

In 2015, she recounted her experiences in her book, Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur’s Fight to Free Her Father. Her second book, Because I Have To: The Path to Survival, the Uyghur Struggle will be released in spring of 2022.

Jewher currently works at the Worker Rights Consortium as Forced Labor Project Coordinator and serves as a spokesperson for the Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour. She is also assisting on the production of a documentary film (Static and Noise) about Uyghurs.

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