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French Lawmakers call for Dhondup Wangchen's release, meet wife Lhamo Tso

October 18, 2010

By Tenam
October 16, 2010

Paris, Oct. 15 -- The Tibet Study Group, one of
the largest groups in the French legislative called for the release of

Dhondup Wangchen, an amateur Tibetan filmmaker
who is serving six years in prison and
'reeducation through labour' for his film
'Leaving Fear Behind'(Jigdrel in Tib).

Wangchen's wife Lhamo Tso met with French
lawmakers and briefed them about her husband's
latest condition. Lhamo is currently in Paris as
part of her Europe tour to garner support for her husband's release.

Wangchen was reportedly in poor health, suffering
from Hepatitis B, according to his wife Lhamo Tso, who lives in exile.

Lhamo Tso said that she is "very worried about
the deteriorating health" of her husband.

"We have sent a letter to the Chinese Ambassador
calling for the release of Dhondup Wangchen and
directed all the members of the Group to present
the letter in their jurisdiction," said Lionnel Luca, President of the Group.

"My husband is one amongst hundreds of political
prisoners languishing in Chinese prisons today,"
she pointed out during her talk at the French
Senate, where she met with Jean-François Humbert,
President, Tibet Information Group in the Senate.

She was invited at a special screening of
'Leaving Fear Behind' this Wednesday by the Mayor
of the 11th district of Paris, Patrick Bloche,
who also unveiled a commemorative plaque
'sponsoring' Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, an
initiative of France-Tibet Association.

"This is to show our solidarity with the just
cause of the Tibetan people", said the mayor's office.

After the screening of the film, Lhamo Tso
answered questions from the audience.

"It is a privilege to be able to meet and hear
this brave, resolute and dignified woman," said
Martha Graugnard from Students for a Free Tibet, France.

Tashi Wangdi, Representative of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, Lionnel Luca, and Thupten Gyatso,
President of the Tibetan Community of France were present at the ceremony.

Wangchen had traveled to remote corners in the
eastern region of Amdo and across the Tibetan
plateau from October 2007 to March 2008 filming
over thirty five hours of interviews. The tapes
were sent out in March 2008 to Switzerland, where
Wangchen's cousin Gyaljong Tsetrin put the final
cut together and distributed it.

The film features twenty ethnic Tibetans; their
views on the Beijing Olympics, the present situation inside the country
and calls for the return of the Dalai Lama.
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