This is Tashi Wangchuk. He is from Tibet, a region of China.
Before the government put him in detention in January 2016, he was a shopkeeper. Now he is a prisoner of conscience (POC).
POCs are people in jail whose beliefs and actions have not been violent. Amnesty International believes that all POCs should be free.
Here is why Tashi is a POC.
Tashi has a niece and a nephew. Although they are Tibetans, they cannot use their own language. In 2015, he looked for classes where they could learn Tibetan.
He visited five schools in three provinces. He was sad to find that the Chinese government does not value Tibetan and that teachers in all the schools are using Chinese.
Language is one of the most important ways to keep a culture alive. So Tashi decided to go to Beijing, China’s capital city, to campaign for students’ opportunity to learn Tibetan in schools.
The New York Times newspaper made a video about his efforts. It is called “A Tibetan’s Journey for Justice”.