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29/01/21: Tashi Wangchuk has been released from prison! While we welcome the news of his release, we still have concerns for Tashi's freedom. China has a history of using heavy surveillance and intimidation against human rights defenders after they are released from jail. Tashi must not face restrictions outside prison. 

UPDATE 04/09/20: Tashi was handed down a five year sentence for “inciting subversion” in May 2018. Please let authorities know this is a gross injustice by calling for Tashi’s immediate release.

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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