Tashpolat Tiyip

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Tashpolat Tiyip (Uyghur: تاشپولات تېيىپ‎, ULY: Tashpolat Téyip; Chinese: 塔西甫拉提・特依拜; pinyin: tǎxīfǔlātí tèyībài; born December 1958) is a Chinese geographer of Uyghur ethnicity who was president of Xinjiang University from 2010 to 2017.[1] He was sentenced to death in a secret trial.[2]


Tiyip enrolled at Xinjiang University in 1978 to study geography, and graduated in 1983. In 1988 he went to Japan to study for a master's degree and PhD at Tokyo University of Science, where he received a Doctorate of Engineering in Applied Geography in March 1992.[3] In 1993 he was appointed as professor in the Department of Geography at Xinjiang University. In 1996 Tiyip was appointed Vice President of Xinjiang University, and in 2010 he was promoted to President of Xinjiang University and Vice Secretary of the Communist Party at the university.[2]

In November 2008 Tiyip received an honorary doctorate from Sorbonne University.[4]

Arrest and trial[edit]

In March 2017 when Tiyip was on the way to a conference in Germany, he was detained at Beijing airport, accused of being a "two-faced" person.[2] After Tiyip's arrest he was held incommunicado and he was eventually put on trial in secret on the charge of separatism. Tiyip was found guilty, and sentenced to death, suspended for two years.[2]


  1. ^ "China's Targeting of Uyghur Scholars an Outrageous Abdication of the Rule of Law". 18 October 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Anderson, Amy (22 January 2019). "A Death Sentence For a Life of Service". Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  3. ^ "衛星リモートセンシングデータの画質改善と土地被覆分類精度の向上に関する研究" (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  4. ^ Yousafzai, Sylvie Lasserre (19 October 2018). "Chine : l'élite ouïghoure décapitée au Xinjiang". Retrieved 19 May 2019.