Published By Tenzin Saldon

Dhondup Wangchen and Representative Ngodup Tsering, Office of Tibet DC. with Representative McGovern and Matteo Mecacci, International Campaign for Tibet. Photo/OOT DC

WASHINGTON DC: The Office of Tibet, Washington DC hosted a reception in honour of Dhondup Wangchen, former  political prisoner and prominent Tibetan filmmaker who managed to escape and took asylum in US.

Representative Ngodup Tsering while welcoming Dhondup Wangchen expressed the joy of having him amidst and with his family in the free world. In his brief address, he recognised Dhondup Wangchen’s  supreme sacrifice by undertaking the task of filming, “leaving fear behind”.

“This has not only revealed the ultimate courage, bravery and determination of Tibetan people inside Tibet but also, repression and ruthlessness of Chinese leadership. The undying faith, love and devotion of people in Tibet to His Holiness was clearly visible when people dared to speak openly on the screen and pray for his long life and yearning to see him, while knowing fully well that such expression could invite harsh jail terms,” Representative Ngodup said.

He further recounted how CTA and NGOs left no stone unturned to vouch for his release and assured that CTA and the Office of Tibet will do everything possible to see him and his family settled in US.

Representative Ngodup Dorjee speaking at the reception held in honour of Dhondup Wangchen. Photo/OOT DC

The reception held on Monday was attended by the President of Tibetan Association, President of RTYC and heads of two broadcast services, VOA and RFA. Dhondup Wangchen was accompanied by his relative, Jamyang Tsultrim from Swiss, Dechen Pemba from London and his son.

On 13 February, Representative Ngodup Tsering and Dhondup Wangchen met with US Congressman Jim McGovern to discuss strengthening advocacy on Tibet and in particular for political prisoners in Tibet.

While thanking Congressman McGovern for his wholehearted support, Dhondup Wangchen urged for greater support and intensified efforts to address the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet.

Dhondup Wangchen visited DC to attend a hearing by the Congressional Executive Commission on China, beside meeting with State Department officials. Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Jim McGovern ICT helped arrange the visit.

-Filed by Office of Tibet, Washington DC-

Meeting with Representative McGovern.

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