DHARAMSHALA, MAY 24: The Canadian government has called on the Chinese leadership to immediately and unconditionally release Tibetan language rights activist Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced to five years in prison on May 22, 2018.
The Canadian Embassy in Beijing tweeted, “Mr Tashi Wangchuk, a Tibetan language advocate, was detained in January 2016 for peacefully raising concern about the lack of Tibetan-language education in Yushu County, and sentenced on May 22 2018 to five years in prison for inciting separatism. Canada calls on the Government of China to release Tashi Wangchuk immediately and unconditionally. Canada urges the Chinese government to uphold its own Constitution and laws, and to respect its international human rights obligations. Canada supports the February 2018 United Nations Special Rapporteurs statement, which condemns the detention of Mr Tashi Wangchuk as the criminalisation of linguistic and cultural rights advocacy,”
Tashi was arrested on 27 January 2016 after a New York Times news article and a video report came out, documenting Tashi’s mission to file a formal complaint against Chinese officials for failing to support Tibetans’ right to Tibetan language education.
Tashi Wangchuk was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on May 22 by Yushu Intermediate People’s Court, in Jyekundo County in the Kham region of Tibet. Tashi, a 33 year old Tibetan E commerce entrepreneur has been in jail for over two years on what Tibetan exiles call “politically motivated charges” of inciting separatism” following his pursuit to fight for Tibetan people’s right to Tibetan language education.