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Action: Release Shokjang

Monday, 04 April 2016

Name: Druklo (Pen name - Shokjang)Shokjang
Age: 31
Summary: Tibetan writer and blogger sentenced to three years in prison on 17 February 2016 after being ‘disappeared’ for almost a year. Details of the charges against him are not known. Days after his detention, from his prison cell he wrote a powerful letter to the provincial court, challenging his prison term. But he has no access to lawyers and faces risk of torture.
Sentence: 3 years
Prison: Unknown

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Tibetan writer and blogger Shokjang was detained by the Chinese police in March 2015 in Rebkong, Amdo, eastern Tibet (Chinese: Tongren County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai province). on 17 February 2016, Shokjang was sentenced to 3 years; no details of the charge against him have been released by the Chinese authorities.

A letter that Shokjang wrote from his prison cell a week after detention has been leaked this week. He has written this letter to the provincial court, challenging his prison term. But he has no access to lawyers and faces a great risk of torture.

Shokjang is a prominent Tibetan writer and blogger known for his critical and thought-provoking articles about the current situation in Tibet, including the resettlement of Tibetan nomads. In the days leading up to his arrest, Shokjang wrote a blog post about an intense build up of Chinese security forces in the Rebkong area.

As part of a new generation of Tibetans critically examining Chinese police in Tibet, he has become a target of the government for a number of years. In 2010, he was arrested for his alleged involvement in a student protest.

Footnote
1. Popular Tibetan blogger asserts his innocence in his letter from prison

 

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