Their homes were destroyed even though they bought them from a local urban planning head.
Ilham Tohti says the facts of the case remain unclear and vows to continue his appeal.
Ilham Tohti's defense lawyer says there is 'little likelihood' of a reduction in sentence.
They could no longer tolerate the bad food, disease, lack of clothing, and threats, one escapee says.
Lawyers for the jailed Uyghur scholar are in the process of appealing his life sentence for 'separatism.'
They say Chinese authorities reneged on a pledge to build places of worship as part of a resettlement deal.
The prison terms range from five to 16 years.
Yakob Idris’s quick physical deterioration behind bars raises questions about his death.
Uyghur farmers link the problem to Han Chinese industrialization.
Chinese authorities try to force journalists' groups in Turkey not to confer award on the outspoken scholar.