A Tibetan Faces Upto 15 Years In Prison For Approaching Law to Protect His Language

Tibetan man now faces up to 15 years in prison for approaching law to protect the ethnic language, Tibetan which is being suppressed everywhere across the country with the promotion of Mandarin in Schools and offices. Tashi Wangchuk tried to approach the constitutional rights defined to protect the ethnic Tibetan language and his journey was published in a video report by New York Times in 2015.

Tashi, 32 was detained by China soon after his video report was published by the New York Times in 2015 and he has been kept detained for the last two years. The Tibetan shopkeeper pleaded not guilty against the government charges of “inciting separatism” after he said that the Tibetan culture was being destroyed in China occupied Tibet on Thursday.

“The activist promoting Tibetan language was tried in western China for inciting separatism after he appeared in a documentary video produced by The New York Times. Tashi Wangchuk’s lawyer Liang Xiaojun said yesterday that a judge in Qinghai province heard oral arguments for four hours and will issue a verdict at an unspecified date.” said the report in The Standard.

“It is appalling that Tashi Wangchuk could face up to 15 years’ imprisonment simply for expressing his views in media interviews. These are blatantly trumped up charges and he should be immediately and unconditionally released,” said Amnesty International East Asia Research Director, Roseann Rife.

Though China claim that Tibet has developed considerably after it invasion in 1059, international rights groups strongly suggest that China continues to violate human rights, accusing Beijing of political and religious repression. Most recently, the Beijing government has implemented imparting educating Buddhist monks about Communist party politics by holding special classes for them while at the same time they have declared to politically monitor the ancient Tibetan Buddhist system of recognizing the reincarnation of Tibetan lamas.

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