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Tibet: Missing Persons

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the whereabouts of the Tibetan film maker Dhondup Wangchen; and what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on the matter. (245247)

Non-governmental organisations have reported that Dhondup Wangchen was detained on 26 March 2008 after completing his documentary film ‘Leaving Far Behind’. Dhondup was reportedly held in the Ershilipu Detention centre, in Xining (Qinghai Province) for three months. From there he was moved to the Guangsheng Hotel in Xining, where he was last seen around 12 July, 2008. We have no further information about Dhondup’s whereabouts or whether any charges have been brought against him. We have not raised this specific case with the Chinese authorities.