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A Tibetan writer-photographer arrested in Gansu Province - Tibet

March 26, 2009

Tibet Custom
March 25 2009

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD) learnt that a Tibetan monk was arrested
by the Chinese authorities from Labrang Monastery
on alleged charges for writing political essays
on Tibet to a website named as "Jottings" (Tib: Zin-dris), in Gansu Province.

According to multiple sources, Kunga Tsayang, age
(unconfirmed), a monk from Amdo Labrang Tashi
Kyil Monastery was arrested by the Public
Security Bureau (PSB) personnel on 17 March 2009
from his living room during a midnight raid in
Labrang Monastery, in Sangchu County, Gannan
"Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture" ("TAP"), Gansu Province.

Kunga Tsayang was a passionate writer, essayist,
chronicler and an amateur photographer who wrote
under a pen name "sun of snowland" (Tib:
Gang-Nyi). He hailed from Chigdril County, Golog
"Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture" ("TAP"), Qinghai
Province. He was an avid traveler who had
previously traveled in various parts of Tibet and
China. His travelogues dealt on the special
characteristic features of Tibetan topographical
landscapes, culture, customs, habits and religious heritage.

A well educated, knowledgeable monk who always
take great pride for being a Tibetan as well as
his ancestral roots. He was known to be a serious
writer and a photographer who always dream of
becoming a full fledged photographer.

Although Tsayang had been under the close watch
of the Chinese authorities in Sangchu County,
Gansu Province for some time now, he hardly stays
at his Labrang Monastery except during important
prayer ritual and ceremonies as he travels to
different places of Tibet and China for his photo
journalism work. Unfortunately, on the fateful
day of 17 March 2009, he was arrested by the
Chinese security forces during a midnight raid at his living room.

As of now, TCHRD has no further information about
his current well being and whereabouts. It is
believed that he is being detained in an
undisclosed location in Gansu Province.

TCHRD expresses serious concern for his well being and safety.
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