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Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile calls on UN to help release of arrested Tibetan filmmaker

August 4, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 1, 2009

Dharamshala: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has
sought the help of the United Nations to engage
the Chinese government in facilitating the
immediate release of an arrested Tibetan
filmmaker whose case is known to be heard today
by a court in Siling in Tibet (Ch:Xining,
incorporated into China's Qinghai Province).

Dhondup Wangchen, a 35-year-old Tibetan and his
assistant Golok Jigme or Jigme Gyatso, a Tibetan
monk of Labrang Monastery, were arrested by
Chinese authorities in March 2008 for making
"Leaving Fear Behind" - a film shot in Tibet
detailing lives of the Tibetan people under
China's rule, views about His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Beijing Olympics.

In a letter to Mrs Navanethem Pillay, the chief
of United Nation High Commissioner for Human
Rights dated 1 August, the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile said: "The Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile request you to kindly
intervene to provide immediate medical assistance
assistance and unconditional release of Dhondup
Wangchen, an amateur Tibetan filmmaker. He is
seriously ill and is reportedly being tried today
in Siling for allegedly inciting separatism."

The Tibetan Parliament said "recording people's
views on a particular issue does not undermine any Chinese law.”

The Tibetan Parliament expressed its concern that
the Chinese government has barred Dhondup
Wangchen from meeting with his family members,
including four children, who are residing in India.

"We urge you to take this matter with the Chinese
authorities immediately and in earnest," the
Tibetan Parliament said in the letter.

The Tibetans living in exile and Tibetan
supporters across the globe have stepped up
peaceful campaigns for the release of Dhondup
Wangchen, who is believed to be in poor health condition.

A copy of the letter was forwarded to Ms Irene
Khan, Secretary General, Amnesty International, Geneva.
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