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Dhondup Wangchen

China

When self-taught Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen started working on the documentary Leaving Fear Behind, it was the first time in his life that he had picked up a video camera. The film features a series of interviews with Tibetans who voice skepticism about the Chinese authorities' promises of greater freedom in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They also express their adoration of the Dalai Lama, and are highly critical of the Chinese authorities.

Chinese authorities suppressed the film and initially detained Dhondup Wangchen on suspicion of "illegal journalism," which is not an offense under Chinese law. He was held without charge for more than a year during which he was beaten and deprived of sleep and food. Dhondup Wangchen was tried in secret and sentenced to six years' imprisonment in December 2009. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Dhondup is not due to be released until December 2014. He has been tortured, subjected to solitary confinement, and at times forced to work up to 18 hours a day. He suffers from various medical issues, including Hepatitis B, for which he is not receiving treatment.

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Dhondup Wangchen
Qinghai Province Women's Prison
40 Nanshan road
Chengzhong district
Xining city 810000
Qinghai province
People's Republic of China

Lhamo Tso
c/o The Individuals and Communities at Risk Program
Amnesty International, USA
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003

WRITE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Call on him to release Dhondup Wangchen immediately and unconditionally.

Call on him to ensure that Dhondup Wangchen receives the medical attention he needs.

Urge him to take effective measures to ensure freedom of expression in line with Chinese constitutional guarantees and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which China has signed and declared its intention to ratify in the near future.

Urge him to respect, protect and fulfill the right of Tibetans to enjoy their own culture, to practice their religion, and to use their own language.

President of the People's Republic of China
XI Jinping
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujiev Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100017
People's Republic of China
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