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Tibet: News Tibet Tibetan writer released from prison after 5 years

Tibetan writer released from prison after 5 years

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gartse jigme-released-tibet-2018Dharamshala — Sources from Tibet confirm that Tibetan writer Gartse Jigme has been released from Chinese prison after serving a five year sentence for his provocative writing about the conditions of Tibetans living under Chinese authoritarian rule.

It was reported to the Tibet Post by several sources that on February 4th was released by Chinese authorities, one source said, "though Gartse Jigme has been released, for a year he is not allowed to enter his monastery or speak at public gatherings."

Another source told TPI that, "His family went to Siling to receive him early in the morning of Sunday, February 4th, but due to large amounts of paperwork and agreements needed to sign, they didn't reach home until 7 pm. The family was also forced to avoid the main road and had to take a roundabout way back to their home in Tsekho county in Malho." The source also reported that "Jigme's health appears to be poor and he is in a frail condition."

Jigme was arrested in January 2013 following a raid on his monastic quarters. Chinese authorities searched his personal belongings, including his computer, and took him to Siling. Local authorities also issued a ban on the sale of his book, ‘Tsenpoi Nyingtob’ (The King’s Courage).

The second volume of his book has 25-chapters focusing on issues such as the ongoing wave of self-immolations in Tibet, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan government-in-exile and the rights of the minority in China. According to sources, the distribution of his book, The Warriors Courage, was given as a reason for his detention.

Gartse Jigme was born in Gartse in Rebkong region of Malho. He started writing in 1999 and has penned hundreds of essays concerning issue related to Tibet. In 2005, Jigme published his first book Diary of Wandering Thoughts.

 


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