'It is not a crime to express one's views, nor to carry out research,' Tohti tells the court.
Ilham Tohti's lawyers say he should be returned to his hometown, Beijing, to stand trial there.
The duo has evaded Chinese authorities for two months.
Chinese authorities punish him following a 'confrontation' in detention, his lawyer says.
Authorities in Xinjiang offer cash rewards for mixed marriages.
Beijing posts dozens of teachers to regional schools to accelerate Chinese-language proficiency.
Lawyers for Ilham Tohti say they have yet to gain access to all the evidence before a trial begins.
The trio are ordered jailed up to three years on suspected trumped-up charges of ‘illegal fundraising.’
The executions are linked to a jeep attack on Tiananmen Square and other incidents.
Authorities claim the men were resisting arrest.
Ilham Tohti's wife says it is still unclear whether his trial will be held in secret or not.
He is hacked to death by two suspects who have been on a murder spree, local officials say.
The man is accused of 'spreading rumors' about the violence, which Uyghur exiles say has been covered up.
The two bloody incidents occurred last month but have not been reported by the Chinese media.
An overseas group calls the policy ‘racist’ against Uyghurs.
World Uyghur Congress leader Rebiya Kadeer cites ‘evidence from the ground’ for the much higher death toll.
Her law firm won't issue the documents she needs after coming under political pressure.