According to NYT reports (10 March 16
, 30 March 16
, on January 27, 2016, public security officials detained Tashi Wangchug, age 30, in Yushu (Kyegudo) city, Yushu TAP, Qinghai province. Yushu City PSB Detention Center officials reportedly refused to allow a family member to visit him. On March 4, 2016, police charged him with inciting separatism (CL
, Art. 103), according to an official document. According to AI (18 January 17
), in early January 2017 the Yushu TAP Intermediate People’s Court indicted him on the separatism charge. NYT described him as “a vocal but moderate advocate for bilingual education” and noted that he had reposted a Sina Weibo message that “urged the legislature and legislative advisory committee of Qinghai Province . . . to enhance bilingual education and hire more bilingual civil servants.” A NYT report (28 November 15
) quoted Tashi Wangchug saying that failure to maintain bilingual education “directly harms the culture of Tibetans” and that Tibetans’ “culture is fading and being wiped out.” He reportedly was “trying to file a lawsuit to compel the authorities to provide more Tibetan education.” He previously was detained in 2012 for criticizing local officials in online posts, and more than 10 years ago for attempting an illegal journey to India.