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 now spent four years in Chinese detention despite having committed no crime under both international law and that of the Chinese constitution.

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

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Five years ago today, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died in Chinese custody after spending 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

In remembrance of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche we founded 'The Medal of Courage', which is awarded annually to one or more Tibetan human rights defenders.

In 2020 we have been unable to organise a ceremony due to the global pandemic situation.

We are instead paying tribute to all Tibetan political prisoners, past and present, who have, and continue to, promote and protect human rights and freedoms.

Thank you to Nyima Lhamo, the late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's niece, for this inspring message:

"Today marks the fifth year since the passing away of Tulku Tenzin Delek under China's custody.

For the last five years, International Tibet Network and many other organisations have

commemorated him and recognised the tireless efforts of Tibetans inside Tibet through the
Tenzin Delek Medal of Courage Award;

I would like to express my deepest thanks to everyone.

Many of us are aware that Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has dedicated his entire life working tirelessly for Tibet's religion and culture.

Because he was an ardent follower of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, China accused and sentenced him under false allegations.

After suffering 13 years of imprisonment, he was eventually murdered in China's custody.

Over the last 13 years Tibetans everywhere have been working hard to seek justice for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, for which

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks.

Like Tulku Tenzin Delek, there are still many Tibetan political prisoners inside Tibet.

In Tibet, there is no freedom of speech,

you have no freedom of movement

let alone possessing an image of your spiritual teacher/ root guru

Hence, I request you all to continue to stay determined and campaign for their resolution.

Thank you everyone"
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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


Tra shi la nak nyé mé

Free him now


Khong trel du lö dröl tong gö

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