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On 'National Day' - Three Tibetan Writers Recently Arrested" By Woeser

October 19, 2010

Tibet Custom
October 16, 2010

This is a translation of a blogpost by Woeser
that was posted on her blog on China's "National
Day", October 1st and documents the recent arrests of three Tibetan writers.

Although the detentions are fairly recent, the
essays and articles by the three writers have
been in circulation in Tibetan since 2008. Quite
a few of the writings have been translated into
English and published by International Campaign
for Tibet in their reports "A Great Mountain
Burned by Fire" (2009) and "A Raging Storm"
(2010), including two of the articles by Buddha and Garmi mentioned below.

Shar Dungri (Eastern Snow Mountain), a popular
journal published by students of Northwest
Minorities University, is "a platform that is
able to represent the fearless and truthful voice" of many Tibetan scholars.

Issue 21 of the journal, published in 2008,
contained news and reflections pertaining to the
mass Tibetan uprising that started in March 2008
and spread across the entire Tibetan area.

Shar Dungri literally means conch shell
snow-capped mountains of the east which has a
figurative meaning as a call to enlightenment.

"On 'National Day' -Three Tibetan Writers Recently Arrested"By Woeser
Dhonkho (official name as contained in his ID: ??
Rongke, Pen name: Ninghuonian) was born in 1978
in the district of Khyungchu in Amdo's Ngaba
area. He works at the office of historical
affairs at Khyungchu district. He is a prominent
Tibetan writer and a member of the Sichuan
Writers’ Guild. He published poetry books such as
"Lharson" (Revitalisation) and "Thablam "(Means)
and so forth. He was the recipient of the of the
1st Snowland Vase Prize for Literature as well as
the 1st Snowland Flower Prize for Literature. He
also received an award of excellence for new
literary composition among the Sichuan
minorities. He and his friends established a
Tibetan daycare centre in Khyungchu district.
Many Tibetan families send their children there to learn Tibetan.

On June 21, 2010, at around 9am, he was arrested
from his home on the alleged charge of "inciting
activities to split the nation." Currently he is
detained at a detention center in the Ngaba area
in the district of Bharkham where the Ngaba
prefectural government is located. Up until now,
his family members have not been able to see him.
His current whereabouts and status is not clearly
known. However it is clear that his arrest is
related to his article titled "How Many Human
Rights Do We Have" published in Shar Dungri in 2008.

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Buddha (Pen name: Buddha the Destitute) was born
in 1979. He is from the Ngaba district of Amdo.
He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (MD)
degree from Chongqing University and was working
at the hospital in the town of Barma in the Ngaba
district of Amdo until his arrest and
imprisonment. He has published poems and stories
in a journal called Panggyen Metok (Pasture
Adorning Flowers). He also worked as an editor of
a Tibetan journal entitled Duerab kyi Nga (Modern
Self). On the evening of June 26, 2010, the
Public Security Bureau of Ngaba district arrested
him from the hospital where he works allegedly on
the grounds of “inciting activities to split the
nation”. The authorities confiscated all his
personal writings and books. In his arrest
warrant, it was mentioned that he would be
detained at Barkham district where the government
headquarters of the Ngaba area is located. But he
was actually detained in the Chuchen district of
Ngaba area. Until now, his family members have
not been able to meet him. His current whereabouts and status is not clear.

However it is clear that his arrest is related to
his article titled "Hindsight and Reflection",
published in  Shar Dungri in 2008.

***********************
Kelsang Jinpa, (Pen name: Garmi), was born in
1977 in the district of Sangchu in Amdo, Gansu
province. He also studied at Kirti Monastery in
Dharamsala, India. After his return to Tibet from
India, he lived in Ngaba district. He has
published poems and stories in a journal called
Panggyen Metok (Pasture Adorning Flowers). He
also worked as an editor of a Tibetan journal
entitled Duerab kyi Nga (Modern Self). On July
19, 2010, at around 9am, he was arrested from his
home by the Public Security Bureau of Ngaba
prefecture on the charges of “inciting activities to split the nation”.

However it is clear that his arrest is related to
his article titled "The Case for Lifeblood and
Life-Force", published in Shar Dungri in 2008.
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