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Act now to help release Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen

Dhondup Wangchen
Dhondup Wangchen

After Dhondup Wangchen's 2008 arrest for filming 35 hours of interviews with Tibetans about life under Chinese rule, his wife Lhamo Tso was faced with a decision that would challenge the most experienced publisher. Friends brought her the footage, edited into the documentary "Leaving Fear Behind," and asked her permission to distribute. She was in Dharamsala, a center for Tibetans in exile in northern India, safe from reprisals that follow from anti-government expression in Tibet. But her husband had disappeared into Chinese custody.

A local court sentenced Dhondup Wangchen for inciting separatism in December 2009, and he was denied appeal. Since then, his wife has been a dogged advocate for his release. She is supporting a petition created by his film company and believes that pressure does make a difference. The reason Dhondup Wangchen's working conditions in prison improved, she said, is because of the vocal support he is getting from outside prison walls. Besides, her children want their father back. "You're travelling so much to tell people about father's case," her 13-year-old daughter told her before she left on her latest trip. "He must be released soon."

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    Lhamo Tso has not spoken to her husband Dhondup Wangchen since 17 March 2008 and hears of him only when his sister visits the Xichuan Prison in Qinghai province, western China, where he is serving six years.

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