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Search Results Detail for 'Dondrub Wangchen'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2008-00586   Ethnic Group: Tibetan
Detention Status: REL   Sex: M
Issue Category: eth/spch   Age at Detention: 33
Main Name: Dondrub Wangchen   Religion: Tibetan Buddhist
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 顿珠旺钦(音) Occupation: filmmaker, documentary
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Additional Name(s): Dhondup Wangchen   Residence Province: [foreign]
Pinyin Name: Dunzhu Wangqin   Residence Prefecture: (na)
  Residence County: (na)
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2008/03/26
Current Prison: Qinghai Women's Prison
Sentence Length (Years): 6
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Qinghai Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Xining [Ziling] Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): (na)
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri/sent-app/rel   Formal Arrest Date:
Trial Court: Xining Intermediate People's Court   Trial Date:
Sentence Court: Xining Intermediate People's Court   Sentence Date: 2009/12/28
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Charge (Statute):   Sent. Ends Per PRC: 2014/06/05
  Actual Date Released: 2014/06/05
Short Summary
According to RSF (16 September 08) and the Filming for Tibet Web site, security officials detained Dondrub Wangchen and assistant Jigme Gyatso in March 2008 after they completed Leaving Fear Behind (via Middle Way blog), a documentary featuring Tibetans in Qinghai province expressing views on the Dalai Lama, the Olympic Games, and Chinese law. The film opened in August 2008. Police detained Dondrub Wangchen on March 26 in Tongde county, Hainan TAP, Qinghai, and Labrang Tashikhyil monk Jigme Gyatso on March 23 in Linxia city, Gansu province. In July 2009 officials barred lawyer Li Dunyong from representing Dondrub Wangchen and charged him with "inciting separatism" (HRW, 3 August 09). The Xining Intermediate People’s Court sentenced him on December 28, 2009, to 6 years imprisonment (RFA, 6 January 10). After harsh treatment at Xichuan Prison, officials transferred Dondrub Wangchen to Qinghai Women’s Prison in Xining city where conditions “improved” and relatives visited him in January 2013 (Filming for Tibet, 21 January 2013). A court reportedly delayed his release to June 5, 2014 (Phayul, 11 February 14). Authorities released him on June 5, 2014 (Filming for Tibet, 5 June 14).