URGENT: Liberation to Tashi Wangchuk
Tashi Wangchuk, a 33-year-old Tibetan businessman and defender of linguistic rights, courageously pressured the Chinese authorities to receive proper Tibetan education. For this simple legal action he was granted five years in prison with a release date until January 2021. Urge for his release now.
Tashi Wangchuk was arrested on January 27, 2016 and tried on January 4, 2018 for fabricated accusations of "inciting separatism," after exposing China's failure to protect the basic human right to education.
On May 22, 2018, China sentenced Tashi Wangchuk to five years in prison, despite not having committed any crime under international law or the Chinese Constitution. The "evidence" of China against Tashi was a short documentary video made by The New York Times about the Tashi campaign for Tibetan language education in schools.
Tashi's lawyer has indicated that he plans to appeal the unjust conviction as well as the five-year sentence. Your signature can be the turning point we need for your release.
Call on the five governments that tried to observe Tashi's trial (EU, USA, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada) and urge them to pressure China to release Tashi Wangchuk immediately and unconditionally.
To: Chrystia Freeland (Canada), Federica Mogherini (EU), Heiko Maas (Germany), Boris Johnson (United Kingdom), Mike Pompeo (United States)
Tibetan human rights defender Tashi Wangchuk has been sentenced by China to a five-year prison sentence, despite not doing anything illegal. We appreciate your previous concern for Tashi, as demonstrated when he sent a delegation to observe his trial in January 2018. I urge you now to make strong collective statements to the Chinese authorities for the release of Tashi and support his avowed intention to appeal against his sentence. .