Dr. Tashpolat Tiyip, a renowned scholar of geography and former president of Xinjiang University (XJU), is suspected to be at risk of execution as he nears the end of the two-year reprieve of his death sentence. Dr. Tiyip has published five books and over two hundred scholarly articles and has led seventeen national and international research projects. Before serving in his position as president of XJU and deputy secretary of the Communist Party from 2010, Dr. Tiyip was the dean of the university geography department. Read more.
On March 31, 2017, XJU announced on its website that Dr. Tiyip had been removed from his position as president, without explanation. Following the announcement, Dr. Tiyip disappeared. Reports stated that Dr. Tiyip had been detained at an airport in Beijing while traveling to Germany with a group of students for a conference.
In 2018, it was reported that, in a police film shown to students and teachers, Dr. Tiyip had been convicted and issued a suspended death sentence on a charge of “separatism,” in a trial held in secret. As the two-year reprieve on Dr. Tiyip’s sentence nears its end, sources suggest the sentence may soon be carried out.