Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, Uyghur economist and human rights activist, holds a portrait her father during the award ceremony for his 2019 European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on December 18, 2019. (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP)

TDN World Desk: An Uighur economist who was sentenced in life imprisonment in 2014 by Chinese government over “separatism” charges recieved top EU award, the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in absentia on Wednesday, in Strasbourg, France. Ilham Tohti’s dughter, Jewher Ilham, on behalf of his father accepted the award on Wednesday.

Currently over 10 millions Uighur Muslims are kept in detention camp as a part of China’s massive crackdown in Xinjiang state. Varoius international rights organization have time and again expressed concern over the human rights violation by Chinese government against the ethnic Uighur Muslims.

The other worldly accliamed figure who recieved Sakharov Prize are Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousufzai.