His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the members of Tibet Group led by Senator Michel Raison during a visit to Dharamshala in March 2017. Former Secretary of Bureau du Tibet Tsering Dhondup and current Secretary of Bureau du Tibet Namgyal Samdup are also in the photo.
PARIS, France: The Tibet Group in the French senate issued a declaration of support for Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk who continues to remain imprisoned despite a trial that ended without a verdict on 4 January 2018. The declaration was released on 23 January to coincide with the visit of CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay to Paris.
“We call for a fair, equitable and transparent trial! Tashi Wangchuk must be able to benefit from the assistance of a lawyer of his choice and regular access to his family,” French Senator Michel Raison, President of Tibet Group wrote in its declaration of support.
The declaration of support which is in French was signed by 14 French senators who reaffirmed their support for the Tibet issue and urged the Chinese government to allow a free and fair trial for Tashi Wangchuk. The fourteen senators are Michel Raison (President), Annick Billon (Vice-President), Patricia Morhiet-Richaud (Vice-President), André Gattolin (Vice-President), Laurence Haribey (Vice-Presisdent), Pascale Gruny (Secretary), Michel Amiel, Bernard Fournier, Jean-François Longeot, Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, Alain Houpert, Elisabeth Lamure, Bernard Jomier, and Maurice Antiste.
French Senate Tibet Group, officially known as the International Group for Information on Tibet, has 22 members representing almost all the political parties. It was created in 1988.
Find below a rough translation of the declaration of support:
On January 4, 2018, the trial of the Tibetan human rights defender Tashi Wangchuk began in Yushu, Qinghai Province in the People’s Republic of China. He is accused of “incitement to separatism” after the interview he gave to the New York Times in 2015 where he spoke in favor of the preservation of Tibetan language and culture within the PRC. Mr. Wangchuk faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016, the ambassadors of the 28 missions of the European Union Member States to China, including France, adopted a joint statement against the arrest of Mr. Wangchuk and asked for his release. In February 2017, five special rapporteurs of the United Nations and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion on the detention of Tashi Wangchuk. In addition, the United States, Germany, Britain, Canada and the European Union sent diplomats to Yushu to attend Tashi Wangchuk’s trial on January 4, 2018, but were not allowed to access to the proceedings.
The members of the International Information Tibet Group support these asks for a fair and transparent trial of Mr. Tashi Wangchuk and urge 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.
We also insist in particular that Tashi Wangchuk enjoy access to a lawyer of his choice and that he be given access to his family on a regular basis.
Michel Raison (President), Annick Billon (Vice-President), Patricia Morhiet-Richaud (Vice-President), André Gattolin (Vice-President), Laurence Haribey (Vice-Presisdent), Pascale Gruny (Secretary), Michel Amiel, Bernard Fournier, Jean-François Longeot, Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, Alain Houpert, Elisabeth Lamure, Bernard Jomier, and Maurice Antiste.