Dharamshala, Nov.4.– China’s authorities in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture have sentenced six notable Tibetan writers and former political prisoners to four to 14 years in prison on charges of “inciting separatism” and “endangering state security.”
According to a reliable source in exile, the Kardze Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan sentenced the following individuals (left to right in the image):
Gangkye Drubpa Kyab, 14 years
Tsering Dolma, eight years
Samdup, eight years
Gangbu Yudrum, seven years
Seynam, six years
Pema Rinchen, four years
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) previously reported four of the six individuals as arbitrarily detained or disappeared in 2021, namely Gangkye Drubpa Kyab, Seynam, Gangbu Yudrum, and Tsering Dolma. The whereabouts and well-being of all six detainees remain unknown due to strict censorship rules and information controls.
“These recent developments show that China’s authorities continue to harshly repress and punish Tibetans who peacefully express their culture and opinions,” ICT said. “These six individuals have particularly been targeted because of their defiance and willingness to imagine alternative and better futures for the Tibetan people. The sentencing of these six Tibetans continues to raise serious questions about the right of Tibetans to peacefully express their opinions and their right to a fair trial, including the right to know the charges and evidence against them and the right to present a defense to an impartial judge.
“The International Campaign for Tibet calls for the release of all six detainees and calls on governments and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Working Group on Enforced Disappearance to raise these individual cases in their communications with China.”
Profiles of the six Tibetans
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