Protest in London: One year on, China still holding Tibetan language advocate in detention

Thursday, 26 January 2017

What: Protest by Tibetans and Tibet campaigners

When: Friday 27 January, 6pm-8pm

Where:  Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL

This Friday Tibetans and Tibet supporters will mark the one-year anniversary of the detention of Tibetan language activist Tashi Wangchuk with a protest at the Chinese Embassy in London.

The 31-year-old Tibetan language advocate was arrested by Chinese authorities on 27 January 2016, one month after appearing in a New York Times video about the state-sponsored erosion of his native culture. He was later charged with “inciting separatism”.

Following the conclusion of a second investigation into his case on 4 January 2017, Tashi Wangchuk could stand trial any day now. He faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

The protest will be a colourful event with demonstrators bringing Tibetan flags, placards and pictures of Tashi Wangchuk.

Representatives of the organising Tibet groups will be available throughout the event to talk to the press. See below for contact details.

Contacts:

John Jones, Free Tibet

E: John@freetibet.org

T: 0207 324 4605

M: 0777681938

 

Paul Golding, Tibet Society

E: Paul@tibetsociety.com

T: 020 7923 0021

M: 07984 799 958

 

Further information

  1. Tashi Wangchuk is a Tibetan businessman and language advocate from Yulshul Prefecture, Kham, eastern Tibet (Chinese: Yushu, Qinghai Province). He was arrested in January 2017, just over a month after appearing in an article and short documentary in the New York Times about his language advocacy. He has been in detention since then, and in March 2016 was charged with “inciting separatism”, a state security crime that could see him sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. For further details on his case, see: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/world/asia/china-tibetan-education-advocate.html?_r=0