Friday, February 23, 2018

TIBET: UN Calls for Release of Human Rights Activist - NEWS

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, (UNPO), Feb 22, 2018.

On 21 February 2018, UN human rights experts issued a call for the immediate release of Tibetan human rights activist, Tashi Wangchuk, following a recent ruling by a Chinese court to uphold the charges of ‘incitement of separatism’ against him. Mr Wangchuk has been in detention since his arrest in January 2016, after appearing in a documentary advocating for Tibetans to be educated in their own language and for the enjoyment of their cultural rights. The case of Mr Wangchuk was included in a recent resolution passed by the European Parliament that called for the immediate and unconditional of human rights defenders in China.
UNPO welcomes this statement from the UN Special Rapporteurs and supports the call for the immediate release of Mr Wangchuk. This statement highlights the dire situation facing ethnic and religious minorities in China, whose basic human rights are continuously violated by the Chinese government.  The statement was released on International Mother Language Day [21 February], which is a global observance that aims to promote awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity and multilingualism.

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