Tashi Wangchuk EDM 1980

Tabled 17 January 2019  2017-19 Session That this House is dismayed by the continued imprisonment of Tibetan language advocate, Tashi Wangchuk, who was first detained three years ago today on 27 January, and since sentenced to five years in prison for advocating for the use of Tibetan language in local schools in Tibetan populated areas; deplores the absence of due process by the Chinese authorities in dealing with Mr Wangchuk’s case; denounces the use of separatism-related charges as a means of criminalising the legitimate exercise of Continue reading →

Raising awareness in Corsham, Wiltshire

On Monday, a group of us created a window display in Corsham, Wiltshire, to raise awareness of the Tibetans in exile. The display can be seen, for this week only, at the Right-Angle Picture Framing, 20 High Street, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 0ES.   Central to the display is the art panel that was created by local artists Alexandra Gould and Carole Anne Tonge on Tibet Day back in June. The panel is decorated with symbols that celebrate Tibetan Culture. The middle of the painting shows Continue reading →

Tashi Wangchuk given 5 years prison

An activist who campaigned for Tibetan language education has been sentenced to five years in prison in China for “inciting separatism.” Tashi Wangchuk, who has been in jail for more than two years, was found guilty by a court in the western Chinese city of Yushu, according to his lawyers. Tashi was detained in 2016 after appearing in a New York Times documentary talking about his campaign for Tibetan language in local schools. The video, “A Tibetan’s Journey for Justice,” followed Tashi as he travelled Continue reading →

Dhondup Wangchen escapes China

A Tibetan activist and filmmaker has been granted political asylum in the United States, after an “arduous and risky escape” from China, sparking cheers from Democratic politicians at his arrival. Dhondup Wangchen was jailed a decade ago over a film interviewing Tibetans about their lives in a country where the government views them with constant suspicion. His film was smuggled out of China in the lead up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and he was later convicted of subversion in China’s Communist party controlled courts. Continue reading →

China under-20 football tour suspended after pro-Tibet protests

From the Guardian Protesters unfurled Tibetan flags at a game in Mainz, Germany causing the Chinese team to walk off the pitch  Spectators raise Tibetan flag to protest China’s politics regarding Tibet at a football match between TSV Schott Mainz and China’s U20 team. Photograph: Hasan Bratic/AP Sunday 26 November 2017 02.55 GMTLast modified on Sunday 26 November 2017 03.02 GMT A tour of Germany by China’s under-20 men’s football team has been suspended after their first match was met with protests. The remaining games in Germany will be postponed, the German Football Continue reading →

Free Yeshe Choedron

Yeshe Choedron ཡེ་ཤེས་ཆོས་སྒྲོན་ A RETIRED MEDICAL DOCTOR, WAS ARRESTED IN MARCH 2008 AND ACCUSED OF PROVIDING “INFORMATION HARMFUL TO THE SECURITY AND INTERESTS OF THE STATE” TO “THE DALAI CLIQUE Yeshe Choedron, a retired medical doctor, was detained in March 2008 after protests broke out in Lhasa on 14 March. Take Action  On 7 November 2008, the Lhasa People’s Intermediate Court sentenced Yeshe Choedron to 15 years’ imprisonment for allegedly providing “intelligence and information harmful to the security and interests of the state” to “the Continue reading →

Remembering Liu Xiaobo

 Liu Xiaobo 1955—2017, the dissident writer who became China’s first Nobel Peace laureate when he won the prize in 2010, died of liver cancer in state custody in China on Thursday 13th July, having spent nearly the last nine years of his life in prison. His death is a tragedy and an outrage. His widow is still under house arrest and has not been charged with any crime. In the late 1960s Mao Zedong encouraged children and adolescents to confront their teachers and parents, root Continue reading →

Meditate for Larung gar

Imagine that a foreign power had taken over the UK and to assert control, they had picked on places of learning say Oxford or Cambridge university and then issued orders to demolish half the colleges and evict thousands of students.  The evicted students are then taken to ‘education’ camps where they are forced to undertake Maoist style indotrination.  This is Tibet today at Larung Gar Buddhist centre and the Chinese government is acting as the foreign power trying to assert control over a subjugated land. Continue reading →

Tibet women’s football team ‘denied US visas’

From BBC website A Tibetan women’s football team has claimed that they have been denied United States visas to take part in a tournament in Texas. They say they were told they had “no good reason” to visit the US. Most of the players are Tibetan refugees living in India, and had applied at the US embassy in Delhi. US President Donald Trump has imposed a travel ban (now frozen) on nationals from seven countries, but neither India or China is on the list. Tibet, Continue reading →

Take action for Tashi Wangchuk

Name: Tashi Wangchuk Age: 30 on detention Summary:  Tashi Wangchuk, a young Tibetan businessman and language rights advocate has been detained and charged with “inciting separatism”. He had no access to his family until September 2016 and has only seen a lawyer (during police investigations) twice in June and September 2016. He faces up to 15 years in prison and is at risk of torture and other ill- treatment. Charge: “Inciting separatism” Sentence: Indicted in January 2017 but not yet tried; Prison: Yushu Detention Centre Continue reading →