Tibetan writer released from prison

5th February 2018

Tibetan political prisoner, Gartse Jigme, has been released from prison

Gartse Jigme, a monk and writer from Gartse monastery, was released from prison yesterday after serving a five-year sentence.

Gartse Jigme was arrested in 2013 after he wrote a booked entitled ‘Tsenpoi Nyintop’. Tsenpo(i) refers to the Tibetan emperors and Nyintop to their valour. The book covers a wide range of issues which China would deem politically sensitive including the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama, self-immolations and the Tibetan language.

As a result he was later sentenced to five years imprisonment on the charges of disturbing the social stability by Tsekhong County People's Court in Malho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

Prior to his five-year prison sentence, Gartse Jigme had written several other books and a number of articles related to Tibetan issues for which he was detained many times by Chinese authorities. He had also been under constant surveillance during this period.

Gartse Jigme is just one of many Tibetan writers, intellectuals and artists who have been targeted since Beijing’s intensified its crackdown on Tibet in 2008.

Since prison, Gartse Jigme has returned to his home where locals and his friends are visiting him to express their warm welcomes despite pressure from Chinese authorities to stay away. His current health condition is not known at present.

Information supplied by Tibet Watch


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