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Latvian MPs add voice on int’l concern for Tibetan language rights activist

Tashi Wangchuk, a 32-year-old Tibetan language rights activist. (Photo courtesy: UNPO)
Tashi Wangchuk, a 32-year-old Tibetan language rights activist. (Photo courtesy: UNPO)

(TibetanReview.net, Feb08, 2018) – Apart from France and Germany on Jan 23 and 26 respectively, Members of Parliaments in Latvian too have, on Jan 25, adopted a statement on the case of the Tibetan language activist Tashi Wangchuk who is currently awaiting verdict after his trial on Jan 4. The 32-year-old shopkeeper was tried by a Chinese court in Yulshul (Chinese: Yushu) Prefecture of Qinghai Province for alleged “incitement of separatism”.

Twenty members of the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament) – whose total strength is 100 – have called for a “fair and transparent trial of Tashi Wangchuk” and urged the People’s Republic of China to “implement a judgement process that is constant with international legal standards, with the presence of observers at his trial”.

The European Parliament too had earlier, on Jan 18, adopted an Urgency Resolution on China, expressing deep concern over the cases of Tashi Wangchuk as well as a jailed Tibetan monk named Choekyi, besides Chinese human rights activists Wu Gan, Xie Yang, and Lee Ming-cheh.

The resolution called for immediate and unconditional release of Tashi Wangchuk, noting lack of evidence against him for the alleged crime of “inciting separatism” and citing irregularities in the criminal investigation.

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