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One More Tibetan Intellectual Arrested

August 26, 2010

TCHRD Press Release
23 August 2010, Dharamsala

Contact: Mr.Tenzin Norgay (English) and Mr.Jampa Monlam (Tibetan and Chinese)
Telephone: +91 1892 223363 / 229225

Kalsang Tsultrim, remembered for his widely
distributed video testimonial in 2009, was
recently arrested on 7 July 2010 at Dzoge County
in Sichuan Province. Though enquiries have been
made by family members, no response or reasons
have been given by the officials for his arrest.

But his arrest is not unexpected. Kalsang, better
known by his pseudonym Gyitsang Takmig, has been
suspected of committing political error and has
been on the move for at least a year to remain safe from the authorities.

Family members suspect his arrest occurred due to
his expression of alarm about the situation in
Tibet and treatment of individuals. He composed
and distributed 2,500 VCDs discussing Tibetan
history and recordings of the current desires,
aspirations, concerns, and dreams of Tibetan
people in Tibet. He also wrote Miyul La Phul Ve
Sempa (summarized as Sharing the Inner Thoughts
in My Heart) a book which illustrates the concerns of the Tibetan people.

Kalsang’s arrest is an example of the current
pattern of targeted Tibetan intellectuals which
includes artists, writers, bloggers and cultural
figures. What is considered freedom of expression
by the people is, from the PRC’s perspective, a
form of political error that can easily lead to an unlawful arrest.

Related information:

- A video appeal from a Tibetan inside Tibet to
the international community, TCHRD Press Release
on 28 August 2009, available
at  http://www.tibetonline.tv/videos/71/appeal-about-the-plight-of-tibetans

- Kalsang’s video testimony is available at
http://www.tibetonline.tv/videos/71/appeal-about-the-plight-of-tibetans
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