DHARAMSHALA: The President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay today expressed sadness over the sentencing of Tashi Wangchuk, Tibetan language rights advocate .
China sentenced Tashi Wangchuk to five years in prison on charges of “inciting separatism.” He had pleaded not guilty during his trial earlier this year in January.
“The sentencing of Tashi Wangchuk for ‘inciting secession’ is a travesty of justice. Tashi Wangchuk was advocating the language rights of the Tibetan people as per the provisions in the Chinese constitution and therefore his case highlights the lack of basic, fundamental rights for Tibetan people in Tibet,” said President Dr Lobsang Sangay.
President Dr Sangay believes that the sentencing makes a critical commentary and exposes the fallacy of China’s claims to follow international norms and laws.
“It’s a sad day for those who believe in rule of law, but we will continue to advocate his release,” affirmed Dr Sangay.
-Filed by UN and Human Rights Desk-