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European parliament has screened 'Leaving Fear Behind'

A courageous Tibetan activist, Dhondup Wangchen, made a film titled "Leaving Fear Behind" years ago. He is in a Chinese jail now and nobody knows for certain how he is now or if he will ever be released. "Leaving Fear Behind" has been screened at the European Parliament, reported the Central Tibetan Administration on Jan. 22, 2014.

A scene from Tibet
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Lithuanian MEP Mr. Leonidas Donskis organized an event in the European Parliament in order to screen Dhondup Wangchen’s documentary film "Leaving Fear Behind" on Jan. 21. Representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brussels were present at the screening. Former political prisoner Ms. Gyaltsen Dolkar and a few local Tibetan residents belonging to Driru county were invited to speak. The purpose of this event was to draw attention of the European Union to the plight of the Tibetan people. The European Union was urged not to compromise on its fundamental ideals of freedom, democracy, justice and equality because of its strategic partnership with China.

Dolkar shared her ordeal of 12 years in a Chinese prison because she raised her voice for the freedom of Tibet and its people. Mr. Kalsang Chodak, who is a Belgium based Tibetan from Driru county, distributed documents updating recent incidents of arrests, beatings and deaths of Tibetans in captivity in Driru county. Hopefully, a realization that this film has been viewed by so many people will prompt China to give careful consideration to the health, welfare and freedom of Dhondup Wangchen, while paying greater attention to the needs of all Tibetans.

Free Tibet reports Dhondup Wangchen was arrested in March 2008. He had just completed filming "Leaving Fear Behind." On Dec. 28 2009, he was sentenced to six years in prison for “subversion." On April 6, 2010 Wangchen was transferred to Xichuan Labour Camp in Qinghai Province, which is well known for its harsh conditions, and he has since contracted Hepatitis B. On Sept. 14 2012, it was announced that Dhondup was selected to receive a press freedom award for "Leaving Fear Behind."

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