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aaThe Ealing group is working for the release of Tibetan film-maker Dhondup Wangchen.

He was imprisoned for "inciting separatism". He was detained in March 2008 for his involvement in making a documentary film about Tibetan attitudes towards the Beijing Olympics and the Dalai Lama. He was able to telephone a relative in July 2008 to tell him he had been tortured. After being held without charge for over a year, he was tried in secret, and in December 2009, and sentenced to six years imprisonment by the Xining City Intermediate People’s Court. He appealed, but a higher court appears to have upheld the judgement because in April 2010, he was transferred to Xichuan prison to serve his sentence. Here he was forced to work up to 18 hours a day, although the hours have since been reduced. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience.

Here's his film, Leaving Film Behind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANZZa5IabJ4

Next action: vigil outside the Chinese embassy on Saturday 29 March, 14.00-16.00.  Contact rob-dickinson@hotmail.co.uk

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