|Thank you, Gualitiero, for organizing the vigil!|
Focus on: Tibet
We also discussed the case of Dhondup Wangchen, who will be the focus of a GOTB 2011 action. Dhondup Wangchen is a Tibetan filmmaker who was detained on March 26, 2008, shortly after completing his documentary Leaving Fear Behind. Police held him at Gongshan Hotel, an unofficial place of detention or "black jail," for part of his detention period. Police tied him to a chair, beat and punched him in the head and frequently deprived him of food and sleep during interrogations. Dhondup Wangchen suffers from Hepatitis B, for which he has not received any medical treatment.
The documentary features ordinary Tibetans talking about the Beijing Olympics, the current situation in Tibet and the Dalai Lama. Wangchen was formally arrested in July 2008 under suspicion of "inciting separatism and stealing, secretly gathering, purchasing, and illegally providing intelligence for an organisation, institution, or personnel outside the country."
After a secret trial, he was sentenced on December 28, 2009 to six years at Xichuan Labor Camp in Qinghai Province. Amnesty International considers Dhondup Wangchen a prisoner of conscience.
For Get On The Bus 2011, Danielle and Megan - local high school students who have become actively involved in the GOTB action team - will be interviewing Lhamo Tso, Dhondup Wangchen's wife who lives in exile in India, via Skype. This interview will be shown during the speaker's panel portion of Get On The Bus 2011 in April.
Leaving Fear Behind
Google Video (Filming for Tibet)
Lhamo Tso: Behind the Sea
Vimeo (FreeTibet.org uploaded by Jon Lister)
- Filming for Tibet
- Amnesty International: China must release Tibetan filmmaker
- Human Rights Watch: China: Ensure fair trial for Tibetan filmmaker
- Reporters without Borders: Dhondup Wangchen
- International Campaign for Tibet: Dhondup Wangchen faces trial
- FreeTibet.org: Free Dhondup Wangchen
- Students for a Free Tibet: Spotlight Film: Leaving Fear Behind