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Shokjang, a prominent Tibetan writer, seen here on the right holding a banner during the 2008 Tibetan uprising at a solidarity student protest at the Northwest University for Nationalities in China. In 2016, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison simply for writing about the increased presence of Chinese armed security forces in the Rebkong area and crackdowns on Tibetans.

Tibetan writer Druklo, known by his penname “Shokjang”, was sentenced to three years in prison on February 17, 2016. He has responded to authorities and rejected their sentence and maintains his innocence.

Shokjang was arrested in Rebkong (ch: Tongren County, Qinghai Province), Tibet on March 19, 2015, and held in Menyuan Prison without being charged. In the days leading up to his arrest, he wrote a blog post about the deployment of Chinese security forces in Tibet.

Shokjang was born in Sangchu County, Tibet (ch. Xiahe County, Gansu Province) and was previously detained for one month in 2010 for his involvement in student protests during the 2008 Uprising in Tibet.

 

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The Day of the Imprisoned Writer is an annual, international day intended to recognize and support writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information. This November 15, use our shared resources to speak out for imprisoned Tibetan writer, Shokjang.

 

WHAT CAN I DO?

  1. Organize a protest outside your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate
  2. Host a reading of Shokjang’s work and other Tibetan writers
  3. Download the Shokjang petition and hit the streets. Tell people about Shokjang and ask them to support his release by signing the petition.

 

News on Shokjang

Imprisoned Tibetan Writer Shokjang Serves Term in Men Yuan County PrisonVoice of America – 5 months ago
Shokjang, a prominent Tibetan writer and blogger who was sentenced to a three year prison term by the People’s Intermediate Court in Rebgong, Malho (Huangnan) Prefecture, Qinghai Province on…

Tibetan Writer Sentenced to Three Years in Prison in China’s Qinghai ProvinceRadio Free Asia – 2 years ago
The Peoples’ Intermediate Court in Rebgong (in Chinese, Tongren) of Malho (Huangnan) prefecture in northwestern China’s Qinghai province handed down the punishment to the writer Druklo, known…

Youth who wrote “The Power of the Heart” arrested in Rebkong, TibetTibet Post International – 3 years ago
Tibet-Writer-Shokjang-2015 Dharamshala — In further crackdown on Tibetan dissents inside Tibet, a Tibetan writer and blogger Shokjang and his brother in law have been arrested by Chinese…

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