URGENT: Release Tashi Wangchuk
Tashi Wangchuk, an innocent Tibetan shopkeeper and language advocate, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by Chinese authorities on false charges of ‘inciting separatism’. HIS CRIME? Publicly seeking his right to Tibetan language education.
Detained in January 2016 after featuring in a New York Times report about his attempts to lawfully campaign for his rights, Tashi was tortured and the safety of his family was threatened. On 4 January 2018 Tashi was tried on trumped up politically motivated charges of ‘inciting separatism’; he was later sentenced to five years despite the fact that he has committed no crime under international law nor the Chinese constitution.
Tashi lawyer has been denied access, which has halted further plans to appeal the wrongful conviction and five year sentence.
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Call on the EU, US, UK, Germany and Canada - and urge them to press China for Tashi Wangchuk's immediate and unconditional release.
To: Chrystia Freeland (Canada), Federica Mogherini (EU), Heiko Maas (Germany), Jeremy Hunt (United Kingdom), Mike Pompeo (the United States),
Tibetan human rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk has been sentenced by China to a five year prison sentence, despite having done nothing illegal. We welcome your past concern for Tashi, as demonstrated when you sent a delegation to observe his trial in January 2018. I urge you now to make strong, collective representations to the Chinese authorities for Tashi’s release and to support his stated intention to appeal against his sentence.