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UPDATE 28/06/18: On 21 May Tashi was given a five-year prison sentence for 'inciting separatism.' The sentence is a gross injustice and on 6 June six United Nations special rapporteurs sent a strongly worded statement to the Chinese authorities condemning his sentence. The pressure is mounting on the Chinese authorities, and we're not giving up – call for Tashi’s immediate and unconditional release now!

Tashi Wangchuk is facing 15 years in prison for advocating for Tibetan languages to be taught in schools.

Tashi wants Tibetan children to learn their native tongue in Chinese schools, as well as Mandarin that they currently learn.

For his peaceful advocacy to keep the Tibetan culture alive, he’s facing 15 years in prison.

In January 2016, Tashi was taken into custody and then ‘formally’ arrested two months later on suspicion of “inciting separatism”. The authorities have accused him of attempting to discredit the Chinese Government’s international image.

Tashi Wangchuk’s trial took place in January, after enduring almost two years of pre-trial detention and with no access to his family.

The trial was a sham – according to his lawyer, the main evidence presented against Tashi was a short film produced by the New York Times in 2015, which documented his campaign for Tibetan language education in schools. 

Urge the Chinese authorities to release Tashi Wangchuk now.

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Chief Procurator, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture People’s Procuratorate

Yushu Zangzu Zizhizhou Renmin Jianchayuan

Dear Procurator,

I  call on you all to immediately and unconditionally release Tashi Wangchuk, who is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Please ensure that he has regular, unrestricted access to his family and lawyers of his choice without delay, medical care on request or as necessary, and is protected from torture or other ill-treatment.

Yours Sincerely,

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