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Tibet campaigners received news today of the release of high-profile political prisoner Shokjang (Druklo). In February 2016, Shokjang was wrongfully sentenced to three years in prison on charges of “inciting separatism” and “disturbing social stability” following his arrest on 19 March 2015, making him due for release today, 19 March 2018.

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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.


 

HELP MONITOR SHOKJANG’S RELEASE

Despite Shojang’s release from prison, we know he does not have an easy path ahead of him. It is common practice by China for former political prisoners to be deprived of their freedom, even after their release. Former political prisoners remain under heavy surveillance, are subject to harassment and intimidation, and have limited freedom of movement. Shokjang will remain under extreme scrutiny with a further 2 years “deprivation of political rights,” as part of his sentence.

Call your country’s embassy in China and tell them:

“I/We request that you speak urgently to Chinese authorities about former political prisoner Shokjang’s well-being, and urge them to lift his deprivation of political rights and refrain from any surveillance, harassment, or intimidation.”

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Shokjang taking part in a protest at his university during the 2008 Tibetan uprisings.


 

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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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