Statement by the EU Delegation to China on the International Human Rights Day

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On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on 10th December 2016, the EU has issued a statement on China, raising the case of a Tibetan prisoner, Tashi Wangchuk.

Tashi Wangchuk, 31, has been detained by police in his home area of Jyegudo (Chinese: Yushu) in Qinghai since January 27 (2016) following an interview with the New York Times on Tibetan culture and language, published as an article and video in November, 2015. He faces charges of ‘separatism’, although he has not advocated Tibetan independence, and has said that Tibet should have greater regional autonomy, especially in the issue of language, under Chinese governance. His lawyer, Liang Xiaojun said: “All he wants is to try to preserve Tibetan culture.”

The full text of the statement is available below, and accessible on the website of the EU Delegation to China here.


Statement by the EU Delegation to China on the International Human Rights Day