Book presentation: “Because I Have to – the Path to Survival, the Uyghur Struggle” | 29.03

I have the honour of inviting you to the presentation of the book “Because I Have to – the Path to Survival, the Uyghur Struggle” by Jewher Ilham on 29 March, 13:30-14:45, at the European Parliament’s Library.

In her book, Jewher Ilham, the daughter of Ilham Tohti, the European Parliament’s 2019 Sakharov Prize laureate, shares her personal story about the detention of her father by Chinese authorities in early 2013, how she was forced to start a new life overseas and away from her family. The book tells the story about how she became an advocate for her father and for the Uyghur people who are suffering from Chinese oppression.

Ms Ilham graduated with a B.A from Indiana University in May of 2019 in political science. As an advocate for her imprisoned father, she testified before the U.S. Congressional-Executive Committee on China, wrote op-eds in various media, met with a number of government officials, and received numerous awards worldwide on behalf of her father. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

After a short introduction by myself, Ms Ilham will present parts of her book, after which there will be a discussion, including questions by the audience. Mr Ilhan Kyuchyuk will deliver concluding remarks.

I would be very happy and indeed honoured if you could attend this event.