Send an urgent message to 18 Foreign Ministers urging them to call for his immediate release: The email will be sent to Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, the US and the European Union.
I urge you to jointly and individually raise Tibetan language campaigner Tashi Wangchuk [Ch: Zhaxi Wangchu] with Chinese Ministers. Tashi Wangchuk, 30, was detained on 27 January 2016 in Yushul prefecture, Kham (Ch: Yushu, Qinghai). and charged with “inciting separatism” on 24 March. On 18 January 2017 Amnesty International revealed that he had been indicted, and his trial expected shortly. His last known location was Yushu Detention Centre, Yushu City. His family have not been allowed to see him or been able to find a lawyer.
Tashi has advocated for Tibetan language education in schools in Tibet where mandarin has become the sole language of instruction. He openly expressed his anxieties about Tibetan children being unable to speak Tibetan fluently, and the extinction of Tibetan culture. In 2015 the New York Times, in “A Tibetan’s Journey for Justice”, reported his attempts to file a lawsuit over the lack of Tibetan language education in schools; no law firm would help him.
Amidst China’s current crackdown, Tashi Wangchuk's case is an example of how Tibetans face additional persecution for any activity perceived as a threat, through charges of "separatism".
I urge you to call for Tashi Wangchuk's immediate and unconditional release. China must guarantee his protection from torture and other ill-treatment, give him immediate access to a lawyer of his choice, medical treatment and visits from his family as required under China's Human Rights Action Plan and the Prison Law of the PRC.