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Release Jamyang Kyi!

May 11, 2008

U.S. Tibet Committee
May 9, 2008

US-Tibet Committee urgently calls upon China:
Release Tibetan Writer and Musician Jamyang Kyi (F), age 42

Jamyang Kyi, well-known Tibetan writer and musician on women's issues, is believed to be the victim of an enforced disappearance. She may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment, and her life may be in danger.

Jamyang Kyi, who works as a TV producer for the Tibetan-language section of the state-owned Qinghai TV, was taken away by plainclothes state security officers from her office in Xining City, Qinghai Province, on April 1, 2008. Jamyang Kyi was initially held at the Xining City Public Security Office, but on April 4 or 5, she was taken to an undisclosed location. No formal charges against her have been made public.

Jamyang Kyi was able to keep in contact with her family via her mobile phone until April 7. Since then her phone is said to have been turned off. During two searches of her home, police officers are reported to have confiscated her personal computer and other personal items.

She is well-known among Tibetans as a writer on women's issues and musician. She has released four albums that mix modern "pop" and traditional Tibetan music, and toured the United States in 2006 to sing and lecture. Her blog at is popular among young Tibetans, although it had not been updated for several months prior to her detention. This is thought to be the first time she has been detained by the authorities.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Chinese authorities have detained thousands of Tibetans in recent weeks. Unrest in Tibet began with peaceful protests by monks in the capital, Lhasa, on 10 March, which then became violent on 14 March. On 29 April, 30 Tibetans were given prison sentences ranging from three years to life imprisonment, in trials which USTC is concerned violated international standards of fair trial.

International human rights groups have previously documented a pattern of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees in Tibet by China's security forces, especially against those accused by the Chinese authorities of 'separatist' activities. Global experience demonstrates that torture and other ill-treatment tend to flourish in an environment characterized by secrecy, lack of transparency, failure to respect fair trial rights and lack of accountability. China has long banned independent human rights monitors from Tibet, and the region is now virtually sealed from foreign journalists and other independent observers. For these reasons the USTC fears for the safety and well-being of those now in detention.

RECOMMENDED ACTION

Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English, Chinese, or your own language:

- urging the Chinese authorities to clarify the whereabouts of Jamyang Kyi;

- calling on them to provide immediate guarantees for her safety, if she is in their custody, and to give assurances that she will not be tortured or ill-treated in detention;

- urging the authorities to release her immediately and unconditionally unless she is charged with a recognisably criminal offence;

- calling for her to be given immediate access to a lawyer, to her relatives, and to any medical treatment she may need.
 
APPEALS TO

Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China
WEN Jiabao Guojia Zongli
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujie
Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100017
People's Republic of China

* Fax: +86 10 65961109 (c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs)*
* Salutation: Your Excellency*

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Governor of the Qinghai Provincial People's Government
SONG Xiuyan Shengzhang
Qinghaisheng Renmin Zhengfu
12 Xidajie
Xiningshi 810000
Qinghaisheng
People's Republic of China

* Fax: +86 971 8239540*
* Email: webmaster@qhinfo.com
* Salutation: Dear Governor*

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Director of the Qinghai Provincial Department of Public Security
HE Zaigui Tingzhang
Qinghaisheng Gong'anting
1001 Fang, 10 Ceng
Gong'antingdalou
Xiningshi 810000
Qinghaisheng
People's Republic of China

* Fax: +86 971 8293220*
* Salutation: Dear Director*
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