Dhondup Wangchen, 36, was arrested in March 2008 for “inciting separatism” after conducting nearly a hundred interviews with ordinary Tibetans for a documentary shot without official approval in Tibet. The documentary, Leaving Fear Behind, was edited abroad and distributed to foreign journalists during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Last month, judicial authorities dismissed Wangchen’s self-appointed lawyer, who reported that his client had been tortured. Instead, the court will appoint a lawyer for Wangchen, an action that violates China’s own criminal procedure law and its obligations under international human rights law.
To send a letter to Chinese government and judicial officials asking for Wangchen’s release, please visit Students for a Free Tibet.