Demand that France takes action for Tashi Wangchuk

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Subject: Urgent: Tibetan political prisoner Tashi Wangchuk


To the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Jean-Yves Le Drian

Dear Mr. Le Drian,

As a citizen of France, I am contacting you to raise the case of Tibetan language campaigner Tashi Wangchuk [Ch: Zhaxi Wangchu] with the government of China. Tashi Wangchuk was arrested in January 2016 and in March was charged with "inciting separatism". His last known location was Yushu Detention Centre, Yushu city, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai.

Tashi Wangchuk was arrested following a substantial New York Times article about his campaign to improve Tibetan language education. Tashi Wangchuk made several appeals through official channels  and explored legal options in support of his goals. He did not advocate Tibetan independence, although he was critical of destruction of Tibetan language and culture. His call for the Tibetan language to be taught throughout Tibet is in line with China's own constitution which states that "[e]thnic minorities' right to learn, use and develop their own spoken and written languages is guaranteed".

There has been a substantial crackdown on freedom of expression by the Chinese government recently. Tashi Wangchuk's case is another example of this crackdown and of how Tibetans face additional persecution for any activity the authorities see as a threat, through the charge of "separatism". It is likely that he has also been targeted for his courage in speaking openly with the international media. Please contact the Chinese government and urge them to immediately and unconditionally release Tashi Wangchuk.  So long as he remains in detention, the authorities must also guarantee that he is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and that all his legal rights are respected as required under China's Human Rights Action Plan and the Prison Law of the People's Republic of China.