- Charge: Inciting "splittism"
Sentence: Life sentence, reduced to a term of 20 years; Expected release date not known - not before 2022
- Charge: Linked to their writings or unknown
Sentence: Between four and ten years imprisonment
- Charge: "Provocation to subvert state power"
Sentence: Eight years in prison; Expected release date 2015
- Charge: "Principal culprit" in murder charge.
Sentence: Death; commuted to 20 Years. Expected release date April 2013
- Charge: "Subversion of State Power"
Sentence: Six years; Expected release date 2014
- Charge: 'Splittism'
- Charge: Suspicion of "Inciting Separatism"
Sentence: Seven years; Expected release date 2015
- Charge: "Engaged in splittist activities"
Sentence: Five Years. Expected release date 2013
- Charge: "Attempting to split the country"
Sentence: Life; commuted to 18 Years. Expected release date July 2021
3 steps to help release Dhondup Wangchen
Dhondup Wangchen has spent over 5 years in prison for the making of the groundbreaking film Leaving Fear Behind, which gives the viewer a rare glimpse into the reality of Tibetans living under Chinese occupation.
Take Action for his release NOW
On 10 December every year we remember the hundreds of Tibetan political prisoners being held by Chinese authorities.
Since China’s occupation of Tibet thousands of Tibetans have been arrested, tortured and jailed for taking simple actions such as singing songs, sharing photographs, displaying the Tibetan flag and supporting the Dalai Lama.
Today Tibetans and Tibet supporters are marking Human Rights Day by calling for the safe release of Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan film-maker .
Tibetan Political Prisoners
Tibetan political prisoners are Tibetans held by Chinese authorities because they have highlighted, opposed or criticized China’s rule of Tibet.
There are over 850* documented Tibetan Political Prisoners but numerous more are ‘disappeared’ and held by Chinese authorities in unknown prisons and detention centres. In 2011 alone there were over 230 known cases of Tibetans have been arrested and detained.
Tibetan political prisoners endure harsh prison conditions, including beating, torture, deprivation of food and sleep, and long periods in isolation cells.
Their “crimes” include sending text messages, writing about the situation, sending emails, distributing information, singing songs, peaceful protests, carrying Tibetan flags, possessing photos of the Dalai Lama – actions that we do and expect to do everyday.