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TASHI WANGCHUK UPDATE:

The first day of Tashi Wangchuk’s trial just concluded on 4 January 2018, with no verdict reached by the court. The New York Times Documentary ‘A Tibetan’s Journey for Justice’ was screened by the prosecutors as evidence against Tashi for his charge of ‘inciting separatism’. The verdict could still be passed at any point, and Tashi Wangchuk could face up to 15 years if convicted. Take Urgent Action Now!

Urgent Recommended Actions:

    1. Organize a Protest at your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate:
      Organize a protest against Tashi Wangchuk’s charges, calling for his release at your local Chinese Consulate or Embassy. Make sure to invite media, and publicize before, during and after your protest actions! Please email info@studentsforafreetibet.org about what you planned and your action photos. 
    2. Contact Beijing Embassies
      Take action and alert your country’s Beijing embassies that Tashi Wangchuk’s trial is starting on 4 January at Yushu (Qinghai Province). Ask diplomats to make urgent enquiries about Tashi Wangchuk’s trial and legal representation, and to send a representative of the Embassy to view the trial, and also to make a strong public statement of concern about the fact that he is to be tried. Please email info@studentsforafreetibet.org about what you were able to relay, and how they responded.
      Beijing Embassy Contacts: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/foreign
    3. Governments and Elected Representatives:
      Urgently contact Foreign Ministries and elected representatives with information about Tashi’s trial on 4 January. Ask governments and elected representatives to push for your country’s diplomats to attend the trial and call for urgent public statements of concern about the fact that he is to be tried.

Tibetan shopkeeper, Tashi Wangchuk, 31, was detained on January 27, 2016, after appearing in a New York Times video in which he advocated for the rights of Tibetans to learn and study in their mother tongue. In March, 2016, he was charged with “inciting separatism,” and faces up to 15 years in prison, despite his clear statement not calling for Tibetan Independence.

He began voicing concern publicly about the lack of Tibetan-language education after the authorities in Kyegundo, (Yushu in Chinese) stopped local monasteries and a private school in the area from teaching Tibetan to laypeople, according to the Times. In a  2016 New York Times mini-documentary, Wangchuk solemnly confided, “I can feel my ability to use and understand Tibetan language slipping away.”

The documentary, called A Tibetan’s Journey for Justice, focused on Wangchuk’s journey to Beijing to appeal for the protection of Tibetan language rights within the framework of the Chinese constitution and legal system.

Following his interviews with the New York Times, Wangchuk was secretly detained on January 27th, 2016. For 56 days after his arrest, his family had no information on his whereabouts. Tashi Wangchuk could face up to 15 years in prison.

TAKE ACTION!

Call on China to release Tashi Wangchuk immediately and unconditionally!

If there isn’t a protest near you, organize one! Find your nearest Chinese Embassy
You can also directly contact the Chief Procurator (Prosecutor) where Tashi Wangchuk is being detained.

Resources:

Chief Procurator of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture People’s Procuratorate
Yushu Zangzu Zizhizhou Renmin Jianchayuan
Qionglong Lu, Jiegu Zhen, Yushu Shi
Yushu Zangzu Zizhizhou
Qinghai 815000
People’s Republic of China

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