Tibetan Video Activist Dhondup Wangchen Reaches Safety in USA
Tibetan Film Maker and video activist Dhondup Wangchen arrived to safety in the USA on December 25 after being imprisoned for more than six years in Chinese prison.
Dhondup WAngchen, 43, imprisoned for making a documentary film “Leaving Fear Behind” arrived safely at San Francisco, USA on the afternoon of December 25 to be reunited with his wife and children.
According to a report by Filming for Tibet, “After many years, this is the first time I’m enjoying the feeling of safety and freedom. I would like to thank everyone who made it possible for me to hold my wife and children in my arms again. However, I also feel the pain of having left behind my country, Tibet” said a visibly tired Dhondup Wangchen upon his arrival.
Dhondup Wangchen was detained by government officials in March 2008 after he shot a film documenting wishes and grievances of Tibetan under Chinese rule in the wake of 2008 Olympic Games hosted by China. However, the tapes were smuggled out of Tibet while Dhondup Wangchen and his friend and assistance, Tibetan monk Golog Jigme Gyatso were imprisoned for “inciting subversion”. Dhondup Wangchen was handed a six year term in prison and later, released from a prison in Qinghai’s provincial capital Xining on June 5, 2014.
However, even after his release, he remained under strict surveillance as his movement and communication were constantly monitored. Dondup‘s escape from Tibet and then from People’s Republic of China is a remarkable feat of human spirit against tyranny and oppression.
Gu Chu Sum Movement Association of Tibet welcomes the news of Dhondup Wangchen’s reunion with his family and his safe arrival in a free world.