Tashi Wangchuk, an innocent Tibetan shopkeeper and language advocate, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by Chinese authorities on false charges of ‘inciting separatism’.

 

HIS CRIME? Publicly seeking his right to Tibetan language education. 

Tashi has already spent two and a half years in Chinese detention despite the fact that he has committed no crime under both international law and that of the Chinese constitution. He is now not due to be released until January 2021 after Chinese courts rejected his sentence appeal on 13 August 2018.

Find Out More

How China Used a Times Documentary as Evidence Against Its SubjectJonah Kessel, New York Times, 10 January 2018
Sham trial exposes absurd charge against Tibetan activist, Amnesty International, 4 January 2018
Tibetan Businessman Battles Separatism Charges in Chinese Court, New York Times, November 2017, 4 January 2018
– UN experts call for charges against Tashi Wangchuk to be dropped, February 2018
– Governments reiterated their call for Tashi Wangchuk’s release, including the United States, France, Canada, Germany, the EU, and UN human rights experts also condemned Tashi Wangchuk’s 5-year jail term, May 2018
– UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urge China “to remedy the situation of Mr Wangchuk without delay”, November 2017

International Tibet Network
International Tibet Network
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, is the recipient of the 2019 Tenzin Delek Rinpoche Medal of Courage.

The award was accepted by the honourable Sonam Frasi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representative in the UK.

Sonam Frasi said movingly how, despite the honour of this award, he truly wished it wasn’t the case that he has to accept it on the Panchen Lama’s behalf.

In 1995 Gedhun Choekyi Nyima disappeared after he’d been recognised as the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet; he was just six years old and he became the world’s youngest political prisoner held captive by the Chinese government.

He is now 30-years old and has been missing for almost 25 years.

Since his abduction in 1995, the Chinese government has repeatedly dismissed requests for his release and for full disclosure about the Panchen Lama’s location and well-being.

For more information visit: https://freepanchenlama.org/
International Tibet Network
International Tibet Network
Tomorrow will be the fourth anniversary of the death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche; a highly respected Tibetans community leader, environmentalist, social activist, and a much loved religious teacher.

Tenzin Delek championed the aspirations of Tibetans in Tibet and worked tirelessly to address the rights and needs of Tibetans when he knew the occupying Chinese government would not.

His arrest and life sentence were an outrage, but even in prison he remained an inspiration to many Tibetans and Tibet supporters, who never gave up on their demands that he be released. His untimely death in custody in July 2015, after applications for medical parole had been ignored, was a tragedy for his family, his community and for the entire Tibet movement.

As a legacy to Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, International Tibet Network and our Member Groups award the 'Medal Of Courage' every year on the 12 July.

This years nominees for the award are:
- Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama:
On 25 April 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima turned six years old. Barely a month later, he became the world’s youngest political prisoner. He is now 30 years old and has been missing for nearly 25 years. During his imprisonment the Chinese authorities have denied requests from governments and the United Nations for access to Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family, claiming that he was leading a normal life and does not wish to be disturbed.

- Shokjang: Tibetan writer and blogger Shokjang was detained by Chinese authorities on 16 March 2015 by national security police officers in a hotel in Rebkong, Amdo, eastern Tibet (Chinese: Tongren County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai province). On 17 February 2016 Shokjang was sentenced to 3 years by the Malho Prefecture “Middle Court”; no details of the charge against him have been released. Shokjang is a prominent Tibetan writer and blogger known for his critical and thought-provoking articles about the current situation in Tibet, including the resettlement of Tibetan nomads.

Jigme Gyatso: Arrested in 1996 during a crackdown on dissent Jigme Gyatso was sentenced to 15 years on charges of "inciting splittism". During his time in prison Jigme Gyatso staged at least two protests; one with a group of prisoners during a visit of an EU delegation, the other in 2004 when he shouted slogans in support of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Gyatso was beaten and tortured, and his sentenced was extended by three years. In 2005 he met the then UN special rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, who called the following year for him to be set free.

- Kunchok Tsephel: The founder of a popular Tibetan literary website that promotes Tibetan culture and literature. He was detained in February 2009 and held in secret until his trial in November 2009; he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for 'divulging state secrets'. No evidence of information about what these ‘state secrets’ have ever been revealed and the
trial was conducted behind closed doors. Kungchok had also been detained in 1995 when he was accused of being involved in political activities - he was tortured but released without charge after two months. There are now serious concerns about his well-being.

- Tashi Rabten: Tibetan writer and editor Tashi Rabten (pen-name Te’urang) is the co-editor of the banned Tibetan-language literary magazine Shar Dungri (Eastern Snow Mountain). His detention in 2010 was linked to his writings on issues such as democracy and the 2008 protests challenging Beijing’s rule. He was held without charge for a year and sentenced in 2011 to a four-year prison term; he was released in March 2014. Rabten was also detained in 2008 and 2009.

Tune in tomorrow for the announcement of who is awarded the 2019 Tenzin Delek Rinpoche Medal of Courage.

Tashi Wangchuk still behind bars after three years. On 22 May 2019 he was sentenced to 5-years for ‘inciting separatism’ - he simply called for rightful Tibetan language education. https://t.co/PZZuPE2Qdm #FreeTashi #Tibet https://t.co/asvsqKc3Ve montze93303248 photo

Tashi Wangchuk still behind bars after three years. On 22 May 2019 he was sentenced to 5-years for ‘inciting separatism’ - he simply called for rightful Tibetan language education. https://t.co/PZZuPE2Qdm #FreeTashi #Tibet https://t.co/asvsqKc3Ve Simon23105395 photo

Tashi Wangchuk still behind bars after three years. On 22 May 2019 he was sentenced to 5-years for ‘inciting separatism’ - he simply called for rightful Tibetan language education. https://t.co/PZZuPE2Qdm #FreeTashi #Tibet https://t.co/asvsqKc3Ve TibetanoSpirit photo

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Tashi Wangchuk has been given a five year prison sentence for simply asking to be taught in the Tibetan language. Show Solidarity for #FreeTashi – Learn these Tibetan phrases:

Tashi is Innocent

བཀྲ་ཤིས་ལ་ནག་ཉེས་མེད་

Tra shi la nak nyé mé

Free him now

ཁོང་ཕྲལ་དུ་གློད་གྲོལ་གཏོང་དགོས།

Khong trel du lö dröl tong gö

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