By Tenzin Dharpo
CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing the prayer service held for Tibetan self-immolators and jailed Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk at Tsuglagkhang on the 2nd anniversary of 15th Kashag. Photo: Tenzin Phende/DIIR
DHARAMSHALA, June 2: The exile Tibetan government known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration based here on Friday held a prayer ceremony at Tsuglakhang temple “to express solidarity with the sufferings of the Tibetan self-immolators and jailed Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk.”
Tashi Wangchuk, a 33 year old Tibetan language right activist Tashi Wangchuk has been sentenced to five years imprisonment last month by Yushu Intermediate People’s Court, in Jyekundo County in the Kham region of occupied Tibet. TheTibetan 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.
“Tashi Wangchuk was advocating the language rights of the Tibetan people as per the provisions in the Chinese constitution and therefore his case highlights the lack of basic, fundamental rights for Tibetan people in Tibet,” President Dr Lobsang Sangay was quoted saying by Tibet.net at the prayer gathering.
“Through this prayer service, let’s pray for all the Tibetan self-immolators and political prisoners who have died as a result of Chinese brutality and those who continue to languish in Chinese prisons”, Sangay added.
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’s case had received attention from multiple governments and independent human rights experts.
Tashi Wangchuk was awarded the International Tibet Network’s ‘Tenzin Delek Rinpoche Medal of Courage’ in July 2017; an annual award given to Tibetan human rights defenders who show deep commitment to enhancing the freedom and rights of the Tibetan people at great personal risk.