Dhondup Wangchen Case Raised in the House of Commons!

This past month, Students for a Free Tibet, along with other Tibet Support Groups in the Toronto area lobbied MP Gerard Kennedy, asking him to represent the riding with the largest Tibetan population in Canada, and raise Tibet in the House of Commons in light of Prime Minister Stephen Harper making his first visit to China last week.

Well we spoke, and he listened! To see the video of Gerard Kennedy raising a question about Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen on Thursday, December 3rd, please see below.  You can also see the text below, of the question and answer by Minister Jason Kenney.

Mr. Gerard Kennedy (Parkdale—High Park, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan filmmaker, has been imprisoned since March for making a documentary about the treatment of Tibetans and their views.

Mr. Wangchen has contracted hepatitis B during his incarceration and there is a question as to whether he is receiving any medical treatment for his condition.

Thirty prominent Canadian filmmakers have signed a statement calling for his immediate release in recognition of the right to free speech.

During his current trip to China, will the Prime Minister specifically raise this issue with the Chinese government and call for Mr. Wangchen’s release?

Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister was proud to meet here in his own office with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to Canada. This government was proud to sponsor the motion to recognize the Dalai Lama as an honorary Canadian citizen.

We condemned the abuse of state and police power against protests in the Tibetan region last year. We called for negotiations between China and the representatives of the Dalai Lama.

I know the Prime Minister did raise issues related to human rights in China today. Our government will continue to do so proudly.


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