Target: Wang Hucheng, Director of Huangnan Aut. Prefectural Public Security
Goal: Drop the unnamed charges against a blogger allegedly denied a lawyer and release him immediately.
An ethnic Tibetan living in China has been convicted of several unknown charges relating to separatism. Druklo (pen-name Shokjang) was reportedly not allowed access to a lawyer throughout his trial, his charges have never been made public, and his family was not informed of his sentencing until two days before it took place. He has clearly been the victim of a number of human rights and fair trial violations and he ought to be released immediately and unconditionally.
Ethnic Tibetans in China have often been the subject of government derision and suspicion. Druklo has made a name for himself as an outspoken blogger commenting on Chinese policies toward Tibetans. The post that resulted in his arrest was one marking the 56th anniversary of the ultimately unsuccessful Tibetan uprising against the Chinese in 1959. He had previously been detained for co-editing a collegiate literary magazine that referenced the 2008 Tibetan protests.
Druklo has clearly been targeted for both his ethnicity and his outspokenness, neither of which is a crime. Sign the petition and demand that China drop the charges against him and release him as soon as possible, and in the meantime call for him to have access to both his family and the lawyer of his choice.
I am writing to express my concern and disgust at the treatment of Druklo (pen-name Shokjang), a blogger who has been targeted by authorities for peacefully expressing his political views. I demand that the charges against him be dropped and that he be released as quickly as possible, and that in the meantime he be guaranteed freedom from torture and granted access to his family and a lawyer.
Druklo has long been an outspoken critic of China’s treatment of ethnic Tibetans such as himself. In college, he was detained for editing a literary magazine that referenced the 2008 Tibetan protests. He has published several widely-read posts about various aspects of China’s relationship with Tibet, and was arrested following a post marking the 56th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprisings.
Despite his recent conviciton, the charges against Druklo still have not been made public. He was not allowed access to a lawyer throughout his trial, and his family was not informed of his sentencing until just two days prior to the event.
It is clear that Druklo has suffered a number of human rights and fair trial violations, all of which should render his conviction null. I urge you to overturn his conviction and free him immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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