While we are saddened by this news, we believe that international
pressure is making a difference in his case. It appears that Dhondup
Wangchen is trying to appeal his sentence, so it is critical that we keep
the pressure on.
Please also call the Chinese authorities in Washington, D.C. and Beijing to
demand Dhondup Wangchen's immediate release (note: Beijing is 12 hours ahead
of Eastern Standard Time.) The Chinese government refers to Dhondup Wangchen
as Dangzhi Xiangqian (phonetic: Dang-Jeh She-ang Chi-an.)
In Washington, D.C
Chinese Embassy: +1-202-495-2000 (General Line) or +1-202-495-2171
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs: +8610 6596 1114 or +8610 6596 3100
Chinese Ministry of Justice: +8610 6520 6706 or +8610 6520 6706
Tibetans and their supporters are organizing protests and vigils in response
to the sentencing to show China that people worldwide are gravely concerned
for Dhondup Wangchen's well-being. Please consider organizing an event in
your city. For more information and resources, please contact:
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
President Hu Jintao
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Dhondup Wangchen is innocent, release him now.
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
I am outraged to learn that Dhondup Wangchen (Ch: Dangzhi Xiangqian), a
Tibetan filmmaker, was sentenced to six years in prison on December 28,
2009. His trial took place in secret in Siling, eastern Tibet (Ch: Xining,
Qinghai Province) and his family was not notified of the verdict.
Dhondup Wangchen was arrested in March 2008 and charged with "inciting
separatism," for merely exercising his basic right to freedom of expression
by documenting the views of ordinary Tibetans in the lead up to the 2008
Dhondup Wangchen has been tortured while in detention, is in poor health,
and has been denied medical treatment. Your government barred Dhondup
Wangchen's lawyer from representing him in court. Tibetans are routinely
denied their basic legal rights and sentenced to lengthy prison terms for
the peaceful expression of their views.
I urge you to immediately release Dhondup Wangchen. His case has been
closely followed by many governmenta l representatives and China will face
global scruntiny over this unjust verdict. I will continue to speak out for
Dhondup Wangchen until he is free.
What's At Stake:
Sources in Tibet have reported that Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan filmmaker, was
sentenced to six years in
December 28th, 2009. He was arrested for making "Leaving Fear Behind," a
remarkable documentary that captures the true feelings of Tibetans inside
Tibet about life under Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama, and the 2008 Beijing
His trial was held in secret in Siling, eastern Tibet (Ch: Xining, Qinghai
province) and he was denied a lawyer of his choosing and instead was
represented by a court-appointed lawyer.
In a letter Dhondup Wangchen smuggled out of detention in late September
2009, he wrote: "My trial has started. There is no good news I can share
with you. It is unclear what the sentence will be."