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JANUARY 3, 2018
TIBETAN DISSIDENT TASHI WANGCHUK TO STAND TRIAL ON THURSDAY
Tashi Wangchuk is a shopkeeper who was arrested while campaigning to protect the Tibetan language and culture under Chinese occupation
Tashi Wangchuk is a 31-year-old activist who sought to expose the systematic suppression and subversion of Tibetan culture and language by the Chinese Communist Party authorities in Beijing. He will stand trial for “inciting separatism” on Thursday, January 4th, 2018.
Tashi became known internationally after starring in a New York Times 2015 mini-documentary entitled “A Tibetan’s Journey for Justice.” The film follows Tashi as he tries to find public support for the preservation of Tibetan language and traditional culture in his homeland. He was detained one month after the video was released online and has been held without trial for over two years.
VOC Executive Director Marion Smith offered the following statement: “Tashi’s case illustrates how hollow communist regimes’ promises of ‘equality’ really are. Despite working peacefully within the prescribed legal framework of China’s system to redress his grievances about the Chinese attack on Tibetan culture, he will soon be tried for a crime he did not commit.”
Smith added: “The blatant persecution of Tibetan civil society activists, ‘barefoot lawyers,’ and religious figures is nothing new under the communist Chinese occupation. The CCP has long been carrying out a deliberate policy of cultural genocide in Tibet and Xinjiang. This brave young man should not become that policy’s latest victim.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by a unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.
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