Tibetan Educator Fights to Preserve his Culture and Language

Chinese officials push for the trial of Tashi Wangchuk, a Tibetan educator who has worked persistently advocating for the preservation of his culture’s language and customs. The Chinese government has accused him of inciting separatism, a charge that could result in a 15-year prison sentence. Tashi explains how government authorities have actively blocked the teaching of Tibetan language, remarking that “[…]  if one country wants to eliminate another nation, first they need to eliminate their spoken and written language […] in effect, there is a systematic slaughter of our culture.” Tashi tried taking this case to the courts in Beijing in November of 2015, but was refused because of his identity. In January of this year, he was taken from his home and detained by the police until present day, where he now faces a trial and criminal charges. Tashi continues in his determination to end the repressive control of the Chinese government and demand justice for his people.

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