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Jailed Chinese activist wins top rights prize

A jailed scholar from China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders on Tuesday, a move swiftly condemned by Beijing. Ilham Tohti has been an outspoken critic of Beijing's policies towards the Uighur minority in their home region Xinjiang in western China, which has seen a security crackdown in recent years prompted by clashes that have killed hundreds.
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