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Speak up for Tashi Wangchuk

Thursday, 04 August 2016

Tashi wangchuk FREEThe case of detained Tibetan education advocate has reached a critical stage. His trial is expected to take place in the coming days. He could face 15 years in a Chinese prison, simply for advocating for the Tibetan people’s right to education in their language.

Tashi Wangchuk is a young entrepreneur from Kyegudu (Chinese: Yushu) from Kham province in eastern Tibet. He is also an advocate for Tibetan language rights.

In order to assimilate Tibetans into Chinese culture, Mandarin has become the main medium of education in schools across Tibet. Anxious about the survival of Tibetan language, which forms the bedrock of his culture and identity, he explored legal options to appeal to the Chinese authorities. When no law firm was prepared to take on his lawsuit and no national media outlets reported on his case, he spoke to the international media.

Pressure is building on the Chinese government. It’s time for Australia to step in and speak up.

Sign our petition to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop asking her to raise Tashi Wangchuk's case with the Chinese government.

In December 2015, the New York Times wrote an article and produced a short documentary about his campaign. A few weeks later, he was arrested. In March this year, he was charged with “inciting separatism”. He now faces a possible 15 years of imprisonment. And his family is not allowed to seek independent legal representation.

Australia Tibet Council has joined a global campaign to seek justice for Tashi Wangchuk. We are building international pressure on China to release Tashi Wangchuk and ensure that he is not tortured in prison.