Tashi Wangchuk EDM 1980

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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 freedom of expression and the defence of cultural rights, and of targeting human rights activities; is concerned about Mr Wangchuk’s current health and well-being; concurs with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion 69/2017 on China that there was no legal basis invoked to justify the arrest and detention of Mr. Wangchuk; considers that the adequate remedy would be to release Mr Wangchuk immediately and accord him an enforceable right to compensation and other reparations in accordance with international law; and calls on the Government to make further representations to the Chinese Government on Mr Wangchuk’s imprisonment and welfare as a matter of urgency, and to urge the Chinese Government to immediately and unconditionally release him.