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Press Release: : EU initiative for Dhondup Wangchen may force court authorities in China to review the case

August 25, 2009

Filming for Tibet
August 20, 2009

Zurich,  August 20, 2009 -- Gyaljong Tsetrin,
co-producer of the documentary "Leaving Fear
Behind" and cousin of Dhondup Wangchen, sees the
coordinated EU initiative for the imprisoned
filmmaker as an outcome of the continued efforts
by rights and Tibet groups in Europe. Based on
the latest reports from Tibet, he now sees
evidence that the worldwide concern had a
positive effect in postponing the trial and is
hoping that the charges against Dhondup may be reviewed by the prosecutor.

There were many concrete indications end of July
that the trial was soon going to start and that
Dhondup would be accused of "inciting subversion
of state power," as Amnesty International also
reported: The prosecutor submitted the case to
the court, followed by the replacement of the
family appointed lawyer with a government
appointed one and family members including his
sister had received a call to appear to the court
on 1 August 2009. She went to the court but was
surprisingly sent back without any substantial reasons.

Meanwhile, Tibet Support Groups reported back to
Gyajong Tsetrin, that the EU Forum, a
coordinating body of EU goverments, had discussed
the  case of Dhondup Wangchen and agreed to
launch a coordinated effort to discuss the case
with their Chinese counterparts. Filming for
Tibet  was told that Netherlands and Austria took
a very active part among the EU governments.

"I am grateful to the EU governments and hope
that they continue to maintain the pressure and
keep an eye on the case and actively engage the
Chinese government in a manner to guarantee
Dhondup a fair trial," says Gyaljong Tsetrin.

In the past weeks many governments had been
requested by human rights organisations and local
Tibet Support Groups to use diplomatic channels
to push the Chinese government for Dhondup
Wangchen’s release and a fair trial. In Japan,
India, Spain, US and in Switzerland people
gathered in front of embassies to voice their concerns for Dhondup Wangchen.

Dhondup Wangchen (35) has been tortured in
detention and is suffering from Hepatitis B, for
which he has received no medical treatment.
International organisations who have so far
actively campaigned forDhondup’s release include
Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International.

Contacts:
Gyaljong Tsetrin +41 76 462 67 68 (Tibetan)
President Filming for Tibet

Wangpo Tethong +41 78 744 30 10 (English)
Spokesperson for Filming for Tibet
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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