China: Tibetan poet re-detained after being released from prison one day earlier

27 September 2016

Chinese authorities took writer and poet Gangkye Drupa Kyab back into custody just one day after his early release, having spent over four years of a five-and-a-half year sentence in a prison in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, reported Radio Free Asia on 23 September 2016.

Kyab was released on 16 September and went back to his village where family and friends “welcomed him with a grand reception in traditional Tibetan dress” and also included ceremonial offering scarves and a photo of Dalia Lama.

A day later, Kyab was ordered to appear to local police who said he would be detained for 15 days and warned him he would return to prison “if he does not change his thoughts and embraces the official political line”.

The writer and poet was first detained in February 2012 and was sentenced to five and a half years in prison in August 2013 on charges of allegedly being a member of an anti-communist group.


» Tibet Centre for Human Rights and Democracy – 26 September 2016:
China detains recently-released Tibetan writer and his friend for two-week ‘brainwashing class’

» Radio Free Asia – 23 September 2016:
Tibetan writer detained once again one day after release

» Tibet Centre for Human Rights and Democracy – 20 September 2016:
Tibetan writer and teacher Gangkye Drupa Kyab released before completion of prison term

» Radio Free Asia – 16 September 2016:
Tibetan writer released from prison one year before sentence ends

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