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Petition for the Release of Tibetan Filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen
Students for a Free Tibet, Inc. wrote and will deliver this petition.
About this Petition:
December 10th is International Human Rights Day http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pag… , a day set aside to recognize the inherent rights of every individual and to take action for those who have been denied their rights. This Human Rights Day, please take action for the release of Tibetan filmmaker, Dhondup … (read more)
December 10th is International Human Rights Day http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pag… , a day set aside to recognize the inherent rights of every individual and to take action for those who have been denied their rights. This Human Rights Day, please take action for the release of Tibetan filmmaker, Dhondup Wangchen http://actionnetwork.org/campaig… , by signing the petition below.
Wangchen has been held without charge by Chinese authorities since March 2008 for doing nothing more than filming Tibetans inside Tibet www.studentsforafreetibet.org/le… as they spoke openly about their views on China, Tibet, the Beijing Olympics, and the Dalai Lama. His footage was smuggled out of Tibet just before his arrest and made into an exceptional documentary film called Leaving Fear Behind www.studentsforafreetibet.org/le… . Dhondup Wangchen is an innocent man and should be immediately released from prison.
The Desired Outcome of this Petition:
To: Wu Aiying, Chinese Minister of Justice
We petition that…
Dhondup Wangchen has been detained and imprisoned by Chinese authorities for filming interviews with Tibetans. Both Dhondup Wangchen and his cameraman Jigme Gyatso were detained in late March 2008 in Siling in eastern Tibet (Ch: Xining, Qinghai Province). Dhondup Wangchen is reportedly being held without charge at Ershilipu Detention Center in Xining Kachu town (Ch: Linxia, Gansu Province) and Jigme Gyatso was released "temporarily" in October 2008.
Jigme Gyatso was beaten and tortured before being released from detention in October 2008. Dhondup Wangchen and Jigme Gyatso are not guilty of any crime. They simply documented the opinions of a variety of Tibetans, exercising the right to freedom of speech recognized by Premier Wen and enshrined in international law.
Therefore…We, the undersigned, call on you to immediately release Dhondup Wangchen and drop all charges against Jigme Gyatso.
The petition: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/petitions/26?m=e1a7fbf3
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