Tibetans have lost their right to self-determination over 50 years ago to China. The campaign for an end to the Chinese occupation, and for human rights, independence and the preservation of the Tibetan culture and language continues. Peaceful protests and resistance are met with harsh punishment by the Chinese authorities.

Teenage high school student jailed for four years after peaceful protest
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Wangchuk Dorje; four year sentence for an alleged role in a peaceful march

Wangchuck Dorje was sentenced for his alleged role in a demonstration of more than 4,000 young people in November 2012.

The peaceful march called for equality and language rights for Tibetans, and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

He is a pupil at the Middle School of Nationalities in Rebkong County.

Other students detained at the protest have been released or sentenced already but the whereabouts and details of others are unknown.

Wangchuck Dorje was detained and interrogated for several months. His age is unknown, although, as he was a middle school student, he is likely aged between 16 and 19 years.

After the protest at least four Tibetan school principals were sacked from schools in the area, including the principal of Rebkong County Primary School.