Help Release Tibetan Blogger Druklo from Prison!
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A young Tibetan writer and blogger, Druklo, was sentenced to three years imprisonment. He has been of interest to the Chinese authorities since 2010 when he began working for the political rights of minorities.
A young Tibetan writer and blogger, Druklo (pen-name Shokjang), was sentenced to three years imprisonment. It is believed that this is as a result of an article he wrote describing the increased presence of Chinese security officers ahead of a politically-sensitive Tibetan anniversary.
On 17 February 2016, Druklo was sentenced to three years imprisonment by the Peoples’ Intermediate Court in Tongren County (Rebkong). The exact charges are unknown, but are related to separatism. He did not have access to a lawyer throughout his detention or during his trial, and his family were only informed that his sentencing would take place two days before. Druklo will appeal against the verdict.
Druklo is a prominent Tibetan writer and blogger known for his critical articles about the current situation in Tibetan areas. On 16 March 2015, Druklo had written an article on his blog about the 56th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, describing the increased police patrols on the streets of Tongren County (Rebkong). Druklo was previously detained in 2010 when he was studying at China’s Northwest University for Nationalities for writing about the Tibetan protests of 2008.
Ethnic Tibetans in China continue to face discrimination and restrictions on their rights to freedom of religious belief, expression, association and assembly.
Druklo was born in Xiahe (Labrang) in Gansu province, in the Tibetan area of Amdo. He is popular among Tibetans for his critical writings, including his books written in Tibetan language "For freedom I have no regret" and "The courage of Rangdrol", as well as articles posted online such as "Conflict and Resolution: A Response to Liu Junning", which is a rumination of China’s ethnic policies, and "Tonight, I am in the Grasslands of my Hometown", which is a critique of the Chinese government’s resettlement of Tibetan nomads.
This is the second time Druklo has been targeted by the Chinese authorities. On 6 April 2010, while he was still attending the Northwest University for Nationalities in Lanzhou, Druklo was detained with a fellow student Teurang, for co-editing the banned literary magazine the Shar Dungri (Eastern Snow Mountain) in which articles touching on the 2008 protests in Tibetan areas of China had been published. The authorities accused him of having been in contact with the Tibetan Youth Congress, a Tibetan exile organization. He was eventually released on 8 May 2010.