China: Tibetan writer sentenced to five years in prison

Topden, a 30-year-old nomad and a writer who writes under the pseudonym Dro Ghang Gah was arrested on 28 October 2013 and sentenced to five years in prison on 30 November 2013, reported the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.


Allegedly Topden was imprisoned for “keeping contacts with Dalai clique and for engaging in activities to split the nation”.

Some who have contacts in Diru contend that he might have been punished for writing a poem detailing the atrocities faced by local Tibetans in Diru County since early this year. The poem has been translated and published by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.

Topden is among nine Tibetans who reently have been sentenced to prison in the area in what the Tibetan Centre labels as a crackdown to enforce the Chinese government’s ‘mass line’ policy.

Topden comes from Shagchu town in Diru County, Nagchu Prefecture, in the Tibet Autonomous Region. (In Chinese, the town is called Xiaqu and the county’s name is Biru.) He has a wife, Dakar, and three young children.

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