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Four Tibetan students arrested in Barkham county for magazine content

August 29, 2010

Kalsang Rinchen
Phayul
August 27, 2010

Dharamsala, Aug. 26 -- Reports of arrests of four
Tibetan students in Barkham County on March 17
this year have emerged from Tibet. According to
Tsering, a Tibetan monk living here in exile,
Chinese government arrested the four Tibetans on
charges of instigating students against the
government through their magazine Namchak (Thunderbolt).

The four, Sonam Rinchen; 19, Sonam Dhondup; 18,
Yargay; age not known, and Drakden; age not
known, contributed to the magazine as its
editors. Sonam Rinchen and Sonam Dhondup are
natives of Zoege County in Ngaba "Tibet
Autonomous Prefecture" while Yargay and Drakden
are from Ngaba County in Ngaba "Tibet Autonomous Prefecture."

All four studied at the Barkham Nationalities’
Higher Intermediate School (translated from
Tibetan name, may not be correct) where they
initiated a gathering of Tibetan students on
March 17 this year to commemorate the 2008 uprisings.

Several articles, poems and essays by Tibetan
students of the school expressing their
solidarity with the jailed Tibetan protesters and
paying tribute to those killed by Chinese
security forces and criticizing the Chinese
government were published in the magazine.

Sonam Rinchen and Yargay were reportedly
sentenced to two years in prison but there is no
information on their current whereabouts, Tsering told Phayul.

According to Tsering, Sonam Dhondup and Drakden
are said to be in detention somewhere in Barkham
County but there is no information yet if they
were sentenced or still awaiting trial.
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