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Urgent Action Update: Tibetan Education Advocate Indicted (China: UA 79/16)

Urgent Action
January 18, 2017
 
Prisoner of conscience, Tashi Wangchuk, has now been indicted by the prosecutor after police had arrested him on suspicion of “inciting separatism” in March 2016.
 
Tashi Wangchuk, formally arrested in March 2016 on suspicion of “inciting separatism”, has been detained by Chinese authorities since 27 January 2016. He had no access to his family until September 2016 and, during police investigations, was visited by his lawyers twice in June and September 2016. If convicted of “inciting separatism”, Tashi Wangchuk could face 15 years in prison.
 
A document, submitted to the Procuratorate (Prosecutor) by police and reviewed by defense lawyers, indicated that the investigation into Tashi Wangchuk focused on a short documentary produced by The New York Times that detailed his unsuccessful efforts to use the legal system to challenge Chinese government policies. “A Tibetan’s Journey for Justice” told the story of Tashi Wangchuk’s trip to Beijing to seek legal assistance in filing a lawsuit against local officials regarding the lack of Tibetan language education in schools. The film revealed that no law firm was willing to take on the lawsuit and that the state-sponsored TV station, CCTV, refused Tashi Wangchuk’s request to report on the situation. The police then used the footage as evidence that he had deliberately incited “separatism” by attempting to discredit the Chinese government’s international image and its ethnic minority policies.
 
The Procuratorate resubmitted Tashi Wangchuk’s case to the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Intermediate People’s Court in early January 2017 after it made the unusual request of the court in December 2016 to have the case sent back to the Procuratorate for further investigation.
 
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send a tweet, call, fax or tweet:
  • Urging authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Tashi Wangchuk, who is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression, and
  • Pending his release, urging the authorities to ensure that he has regular, unrestricted access to his family and lawyers of his choice without delay, and is protected from torture or other-ill-treatment.

Contact these two officials by 1 March, 2017:

Chief Procurator of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture People’s Procuratorate
Yushu Zangzu Zizhizhou Renmin Jianchayuan
Qionglong Lu, Jiegu Zhen, Yushu Shi
Yushu Zangzu Zizhizhou
Qinghai 815000
People’s Republic of China
 
Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 495 2138 I Phone: 1 202 495 2266
(If you receive an error message, please try calling instead!)
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
 
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