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China: Further information: Tibetan filmmaker jailed after unfair trial

, Index number: ASA 17/002/2010

Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen was sentenced to six years' imprisonment on 28 December for "subversion of state power," after a secret, unfair trial by Xining City Intermediate Court, in western China’s Qinghai province. The authorities have refused to let him appeal.

Further information on UA: 189/09 Index: ASA 17/002/2010 China Date: 08 January 2010
URGENT ACTION
TIBETAN FILMMAKER JAILED AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL
Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen was sentenced to six years' imprisonment on 28
December for "subversion of state power," after a secret, unfair trial by Xining City Intermediate
Court, in western China’s Qinghai province. The authorities have refused to let him appeal.
The court gave Dhondup Wangchen's family no information about the trial, the verdict or the sentence. At the end of
June 2009, the authorities had charged Dhondup Wangchen with "inciting splittism" but it is not clear when his trial
took place or if he had legal representation.
Dhondup Wangchen was detained on 26 March 2008. His family have not been allowed to meet him. He met with
his family-appointed lawyers for the first and only time in April 2009. The authorities later barred these lawyers from
representing him. He has been tortured and suffers from Hepatitis B for which he is not receiving any medical
treatment.
Before he was detained, Dhondup Wangchen had made a documentary in which Tibetans criticized the Chinese
authorities, and spoke about their lives and their views on the Dalai Lama.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Chinese, English or your own language:
- urging the authorities to release Dhondup Wangchen immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of
conscience, detained solely for his peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression;
- urging them to guarantee that while he remains in custody, he will not be tortured or otherwise ill-treated, and will
have access to his family, legal assistance of his choosing and any medical care he may require;
- asking them to order a prompt and impartial investigation into the torture and other ill-treatment of Dhondup
Wangchen, and bring those responsible to justice.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 19 FEBRUARY 2010 TO:
Director, Qinghai Provincial
Department of Justice
WU FaxiangTingzhang
Qinghaisheng Sifating
11 Nanshanlu
Xiningshi 810000
Qinghaisheng
People's Republic of China
Fax: +86 971 8247317
Salutation: Dear Director
Prime Minister
WEN Jiabao Guojia Zongli
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujie
Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100017
People's Republic of China
Fax: +86 10 65961109 (c/o
Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Salutation: Your Excellency
And copies to:
Chief Procurator, Qinghai Provincial
People's Procuratorate
LIU Xiao Jianchazhang
Qinghaisheng Renmin Jianchayuan
7 Wusixilu
Chengxiqu
Xiningshi 810008
Qinghaisheng
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Procurator
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date. This is the first update of UA 189/09 (Index ASA 17/033/2009, 17 July 2009). Further information:
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA17/033/2009/en
Date: 08 January 2010
URGENT ACTION
TIBETAN FILMMAKER JAILED AFTER UNFAIR TRIAL
Further information on UA: 189/09 Index: ASA 17/002/2010 Issue Date: 08 January 2010

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