Tell Clinton to Help Free Wangchen and Dhondup

  • by: Care2.com
  • target: U.S Secretary of State Hilary Clinton
This petition is on behalf of two Tibetan artists arrested for peacefully expressing their political opinions:

Tashi Dhondup is a popular singer from the eastern Tibetan region of Amdo. He was arrested following the 2009 release of a CD containing songs which included lyrics calling for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet and lamenting that "There is no freedom in Tibet."

Plainspoken businessman Dhondup Wangchen bought a small camera and began interviewing monks and yak herders for his documentary film Leaving Fear Behind. He bravely gave a voice to Tibetans living under China's rule. Sadly, after finishing the film, he was arrested and his own voice was silenced.

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton will soon be meeting with Chinese officials. Ask her to press for the release Dhondup Wangchen and Tashi Dhondup, and for respect of the rights to freedom of expression and fair trial in future cases.
I am writing on behalf of two Tibetan artists arrested for peacefully expressing their political opinions.

Tashi Dhondup is a popular singer from the eastern Tibetan region of Amdo. He was arrested following the 2009 release of a CD containing songs which included lyrics calling for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet and lamenting that "There is no freedom in Tibet."

Plainspoken businessman Dhondup Wangchen bought a small camera and began interviewing monks and yak herders for his documentary film Leaving Fear Behind. He bravely gave a voice to Tibetans living under China's rule. Sadly, after finishing the film, he was arrested and his own voice was silenced.

All people have an innate human right to freedom of expression, and all people have a right to a fair, impartial trial.

I ask that when you meet with Chinese authorities that you press for the immediate release of these two brave individuals and to respect the rights to freedom of expression and fair trial in future cases.
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