China: PEN International calls for release of imprisoned Tibetan writer


PEN International continues to call on Chinese authorities to release Tibetan writer Kunchok Tsephel Gopey Tsang, who has served more than eight years of his 15-year prison sentence after being convicted of “disclosing state secrets”, PEN International said on 1 March 2017.

Based on the evidence, the organisation stated it believes the writer “is very likely to have been imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression”.

The organisation also reports that the writer’s health has been deteriorating and calls on authorities to provide him access to medical care.

Gopey Tsang, who co-founded Tibetan-language website Chomei (The Lamp) promoting Tibetan arts, literature and culture, was arrested on 26 February 2009 at his home in the town of Nyual-ra, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. His computer was also confiscated during the raid.

In 1995, the writer was arrested and detained for two months on unknown charges and was reportedly tortured and forcefully interrogated.

Gopey Tsang co-founded the Chomei website in 2005 with Tibetan poet Kyab-chen De-drol. The site was reportedly frequently monitored by authorities and shut down several times between 2007 and 2008.


Photo: Kunchok Tsephel Gopey Tsang/PEN International


Sources

» PEN International – 1 March 2017
China-Tibet: PEN reiterates its calls for the release of writer and editor Kunchok Tsephel Gopey Tsang

» Human Rights House – 17 March 2009
China/Tibet: Internet writer detained without charge

» Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy – 7 March 2009
Tibetan website proprietor arrested in Gansu Province


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