Tag Archives | Dhondup Wangchen
Dhondup Wangchen arrives safely in the United States

International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

December 27, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet strongly welcomes the news that Tibetan filmmaker and former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen has been able to leave his homeland and reunite with his wife and children in the United States.

Despite having served his prison sentence, Dhondup continued to be limited in his freedom of movement, but was finally able to overcome those challenges, leave Tibet and pursue his deeply held desire to reunite with his family.

Read full story Comments are closed

US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Reiterates call for Filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen’s reunification with his family

The United States has reiterated a call to enable Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen to reunite with his family. In her opening remarks at a screening of Dhondup’s documentary, Leaving Fear Behind, on December 11, 2014, Under Secretary of State and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Sarah Sewall made the call when talking about the film. […]

Read full story Comments are closed

An interview with Golog Jigme, respected monk and ‘Information Hero’ after his daring escape from Tibet

July 29, 2014

Golog Jigme, a respected Tibetan monk, teacher and former political prisoner, arrived safely in India in May after a perilous journey into exile from Tibet following 20 months in hiding.

Golog Jigme (Jigme Gyatso) worked with film-maker Dhondup Wangchen in interviewing 108 Tibetans about their views and feelings before the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The interviews became a powerful documentary, ‘Leaving Fear Behind’, that enabled the voices of Tibetan nomads, elders, monks and others in remote areas across the plateau to be heard in international capitals, by Parliamentarians, government officials, exile Tibetans and even journalists in Beijing.

As a result of the film, Dhondup Wangchen was imprisoned for six years; he was released on June 5 (2014) and remains in Tibet. Jigme Gyatso was arrested, severely tortured, and held for seven months before he was released in October 2008. In 2012, he was detained again, and managed to escape from custody and to go into hiding, where he remained under constant fear of re-arrest prior to his escape.

Read full story Comments are closed

ICT welcomes release of Dhondup Wangchen

June 5, 2014

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) welcomes the release of filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen. The award winning filmmaker was released as his prison term of six years came to an end, according to a press release by Filming for Tibet which has campaigned for his release.

“He was held six years too long for simply making a film. Freedom of expression is a universal right and must be exercised by all citizens. We are glad Dhondup has now left the prison and we hope he will soon be able to rejoin his family,” said Matteo Mecacci, President the International Campaign for Tibet.

Read full story Comments are closed
Leaving Fear Behind

Screening of Leaving Fear Behind in the European Parliament

January 22, 2014

MEP Leonidas Donskis (ALDE, Lithuania) and the International Campaign for Tibet screened an important documentary on Tibet in the European Parliament yesterday (January 21). Leaving Fear Behind is a rare film featuring interviews with Tibetans across Tibet boldly expressing their views to camera about the Dalai Lama, the Olympics and human rights. Dhondup Wangchen, who travelled across Tibet to record the interviews, was imprisoned for six years as a result of the film.

The screening in the European Parliament was followed by a debate about the situation of political prisoners and freedom of expression in Tibet since 2008, and the relationship of China and the EU. MEP Donskis observed that Tibetans face many obstacles; on the one hand that China is challenging Europe with its ‘authoritarian modernisation’, while on the other, Tibet is fighting “our moral blindness” when European democracies are celebrating the economic might of China.

Read full story Comments are closed
Dhondup Wangchen

Dhondup Wangchen faces trial: new information on charges

Dhondup Wangchen, who was detained last year soon after completing filming of a documentary, may be facing charges of “inciting separatism” and espionage, according to information from an official source passed onto Western governments. Charges were brought against Dhondup Wangchen, who was denied access to a Chinese lawyer of his family’s choice, in June 2009. […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Dhondup Wangchen

Crackdown on lawyers: legal think-tank shut down, fears for ‘Leaving Fear Behind’ film-maker Dhondup Wangchen

The Chinese authorities have intensified a crackdown against lawyers. Today a legal research center run by activist lawyers who have challenged state policies on issues including Tibet was shut down. In Tibet, there is further evidence that lawyers are being blocked from defending cases of Tibetans in prison following the protests that began last year, […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Labrang Jigme

Call for international commitment on Human Rights Day as Tibetans face harsh consequences for dissent

On the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights today, Tibet remains under severe crackdown following six months of protests from March 10 across the plateau.

Read full story Comments { 0 }