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 Wangchuk is DUE FOR RELEASE in JANUARY 2021 after spending FIVE years in Chinese detention despite having committed no crime.

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  • Tashi Wangchuk is a Tibetan shopkeeper from Kyegundo, an area of Kham, Tibet


  • After Chinese authorities forced the closure of Tibetan language classes, Tashi tried to press for the provision of more Tibetan education.


  • In November 2015 the New York Times documented Tashi’s lawful attempt.


  •  Two months later, on 27 January 2016, Tashi was detained, held in secret for almost two months and tortured by his captors.


  • After nearly two years in detention, Tashi Wangchuk was tried in a ‘closed door trial’ for “inciting separatism”, a politically motivated charge. Governments and journalists who attempted to attend the trial were denied entry.




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
The authorities released Tibetan monk Tenzin Nyima in May 2020, but rearrested him on August 11, apparently for sharing news of the arrests online, including with contacts in India. In early October, prison authorities told his family to collect him from the prison due to his medical condition. Tibetans in exile with knowledge of the case said he was unable to speak or move and was suffering from serious injuries and an acute respiratory infection, which they believed was due to beatings, malnourishment, and mistreatment in custody.

Chinese police and prison authorities routinely torture and abuse inmates, and the situation is particularly severe in ethnic minority regions. The Chinese government should order a prompt and impartial investigation into the alleged torture of Tenzin Nyima and hold his abusers accountable, Human Rights Watch said. Authorities should provide his family with fair and adequate compensation, as required under the United Nations Convention against Torture, to which China is a party.
International Tibet Network
International Tibet Network
The UN Human Rights Office is under fire for sharing the names of Chinese government opponents, including Uighur activists, Tibetans and Hongkongers, who took part in UN activities, for a long period.

🚨6 More Days!🚨

Only 6 more days until political prisoner and Tibetan language activist, Tashi Wangchuk, is scheduled to be released from Chinese prison!

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In two week's time, Tashi Wangchuk will be released from prison. He has served 5 years for his efforts to preserve the Tibetan language. Free Tibet demands he be released immediately and left alone by authorities once he is out of prison. #FreeTashi https://t.co/eaJ2VL0Qcx KarmaGyaltzen photo

De vrijlating van #Tashi #Wangchuk staat gepland op 27 januari 2021. Hij heeft dan vijf jaar in Chinese gevangenschap doorgebracht zonder dat hij een #misdaad heeft begaan.

Kom ik #actie! ✊ - Bekijk en deel onderstaande video. #FreeTashi


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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