Tibetan rights activists Tashi Wangchuk’s UN Experts Communications Released – trial could happen imminently and he is looking at a sentence of 15 years.
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Tashi Wangchuk, from Yushu ཡུལ་ཤུལ་གྲོང་ཁྱེར། 玉树市 in eastern Tibet. He was arrested after asking China’s authorities to ensure that the Tibetan language is taught throughout Tibet. China’s own constitution guarantees that Tibetans have the right to use and develop their own languages.China has sharply scaled back the teaching of Tibetan in recent years, despite guarantees of cultural autonomy in the Tibetan regions.
UN Experts Communications Released on Tashi Wangchuk signed by UN Special Rapporteurs covering a range of mandates including on torture, human rights defenders, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, cultural and minority rights and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
Tashi Wangchuk: Five Special Procedures mandate holders have expressed “serious concern at the arrest, the initial incommunicado detention and the continued detention of Tashi Wangchuk, as well as his limited right to counsel, the denial of presenting the evidence against him and the irregularities in the criminal investigation”.
The UN Experts also raise strong concern about the use of “separatist” charges against Tashi Wangchuk, and state that these charges “criminalize the legitimate exercise of freedom of expression and his defense of cultural rights”.
The experts’ statement on Tashi Wangchuk is available at: https://spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/DownLoadPublicCommunicationFile?gId=22981
Tashi Wangchuk’s trial could happen imminently and he is looking at a possible sentence of 15 years; to take action:
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