Tomorrow, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is set to leave on a high-profile trade mission to China taking place from August 8th to 14th, in an effort to improve trade relations with the Chinese government. This is a big change from the government’s initial stance on China, with Prime Minister Harper originally being quoted as saying that he wouldn’t “sell out to the almighty dollar“.
Flaherty’s trip with other heads in the Canadian financial sector comes as Tibetan filmmaker, Dhondup Wanchen, awaits trial on charges of “inciting separatism” for taking part in making the film Leaving Fear Behind. This film documents the views of ordinary Tibetans in Tibet about policies in Tibet, the Dalai Lama, and the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Dhondup Wangchen’s lawyer has been barred from representing him, casting serious doubt over the fairness of his trial, and the legitimacy of China’s judicial system.
Because of this trip, Canada has the ability to speak out for Dhondup Wangchen and for human rights in Tibet. Please TAKE ACTION by sending a letter urging Minister Flaherty to raise Dhondup Wangchen’s case during his trip to China.