Tibetan Tashi Wangchuk trial awaiting verdict

Tashi Wangchuk, a 32-year old Tibetan shopkeeper and advocate for the rights of Tibetans to learn and study in the Tibetan language, went on trial in Yushu, Tibet on 4 January 2018, charged with ‘inciting separatism’. The trial closed without a verdict being announced. He faces a possible sentence of up to 15 years.

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  1. Tashi Wangchuk's lawyer reported, via Twitter, that Tashi's trial took four hours and closed with the judge stating a verdict would be given at a later date. Chinese prosecutors played the New York Times documentary of Tashi Wangchuk's trip to Beijing as "evidence".
  2. Watch 'A Tibetan's Journey for Justice' - screened as "evidence" during the trial - a short New York Times documentary that follows Tashi Wangchuk on a trip to Beijing in 2015, where he attempted to get Chinese state media and courts to address what he describes as diminishing use of the Tibetan language.
  3. Rights groups around the world have expressed deep outrage at the charge of 'inciting separatism' for simply, and peacefully, advocating his rights under the Chinese constitution.
  4. Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, said: “All Tashi Wangchuk has done is peacefully advocate for constitutionally-guaranteed rights. If Chinese authorities consider that inciting separatism, it’s hard to tell what isn’t.”
  5. Tashi Wangchuk's family and friends gathered in Yushu for the Trial. It is also reported that a number of diplomats from world embassies attempted to attend the trial. New York Times reporter, Chris Buckley, reported directly from Yushu.
  6. Since news about the trial was received on 28 December 2017, Tibet Groups and other rights activists around the world have been urging governments to speak out publicly about Tashi's case and trial.
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