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New cases of Tibetan writers being arrested, attacked in Tibet

June 18, 2010

Reporters Without Borders
June 12, 2010

Reporters Without Borders condemns two new
serious cases of detention and use of violence
against Tibetan journalists and writers in the past few days.

Two magazine editors were arrested by police in
Chengdu on 5 June and were mistreated all night
before being released, while a writer and monk
was arrested without a warrant for the second
time in 13 months on 24 May in Ngaba, in eastern
Tibet, and has been held ever since without being able to see his family.

"The Chinese authorities are offering an
idealised vision of a peaceful Tibet in the 2010
Shanghai World Expo but the information coming
from the Tibetan areas is very different,”
Reporters Without Borders said. “Arrests,
violence and surveillance are the common lot of
those who defend Tibetan identity. We urge Prime
Minister Wen Jiabao to give clear orders for the
release of all imprisoned Tibetan intellectuals.”

Goyon and Thupten Gedun, the editors of the
magazines Tibet and Purgyal Kyi Namshey (Soul of
Ancient Kings), were circulating on foot in
Chengdu on the evening of 5 June when around 15
policemen descended from two vehicles, used
tear-gas on them, and then took them to a police
station. After confiscating their mobile phones,
cameras, ID cards and wallets, they tied them to chairs and interrogated them.

"The police officers used violence to interrogate
us," the journalists said. "They asked us about
our work and our political activities, all the
while hitting us. They also threatened us by
putting guns against our heads. When we asked
what we had done wrong, they hit us even harder."
One of them was tortured with electrical equipment to make him confess.

"The next day, the police checked our police
records and discovered they were empty. So they
let us go, but not without threatening to arrest us again.”

In Ngaba, writer Dokru Tsultrim was arrested on
24 May in Gomang monastery, where he has been
staying for the past five years. A relative
living in exile in the Indian city of Dharamsala
said he was arrested because of two articles by him that have been published.

"Dokru Tsultrim refused to give his laptop to the
police but they confiscated documents they found
in his room," the relative said. “Until now our
family has been denied the right to see him.”
Tsultrim is very involved in promoting literature
among young Tibetans but is not a member of in
any political movement, the source added.

Information about Tsultrim’s previous arrest in 2009
http://en.rsf.org/china-concern-that-detained-tibetan-24-04-2009,32608.html

Reporters Without Borders has also learned that
the authorities plan to make the inhabitants of
Lhasa show their ID in order to be able to
photocopy any document. And only permanent
residents will be able to make photocopies. This
new restriction appears to be aimed at preventing
the circulation of "separatist" documents.
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