URGENT: Release Tashi Wangchuk
33-year old Tibetan shopkeeper and language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk bravely pressed Chinese authorities for rightful Tibetan language education. This simple, legal action earned him five years in prison with a release date of January 2021. Call for his release now.
Tashi Wangchuk was detained on 27 January 2016 and tried on 4 January 2018 on trumped up charges of ‘inciting separatism’, after he shed light on China’s failure to protect the basic human right to education.
On 22 May 2018, China gave Tashi Wangchuk a five year prison sentence, despite the fact that he has committed no crime under international law nor the Chinese constitution. China's 'evidence' against Tashi was a short video documentary by The New York Times about Tashi’s campaign for Tibetan language education in schools.
Tashi appealed his sentence, but on 13 August China rejected the arguments made by him and his lawyer.
Call on the five governments who attempted to observe Tashi’s trial - the EU, US, UK, Germany and Canada - and urge them to press China for Tashi Wangchuk's immediate and unconditional release, and to make strenuous efforts to visit Tashi in prison.
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's outrageous five year prison sentence has been upheld, 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 UN Human Rights Council, and directly to the Chinese authorities, pressing for Tashi’s immediate release and to object to China's disdainful rejection of his appeal.