Dolma Kyab: Appeal for Tibetan history teacherHistorians in the News
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With best wishes,
Antoon De Baets, Ingrid Sennema, George Welling (Network of Concerned Historians)
PS: For other Tibetan cases, see NCH #38 (2005), #14 (1999), #10 (1998), and #6 (1997).
INTERNATIONAL PEN WRITERS IN PRISON COMMITTEE
RAPID ACTION NETWORK
2 August 2006
CHINA/TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION:
Teacher and writer Dolma Kyab (pen-name Lobsang Kelsang Gyatso) serving a ten-year sentence for a manuscript; health concerns.
The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN protests the detention of teacher and writer Dolma Kyab (also known as Lobsang Kelsang Gyatso), who has been detained since 9 March 2005 and is serving a ten-year prison sentence for his critical writings. International PEN calls for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory. PEN seeks information about his health and assurances that he is receiving all necessary medical care following reports that he contracted tuberculosis whilst in pre-trial detention.
According to information received in July 2006, Dolma Kyab (pen-name Lobsang Kelsang Gyatso) is serving a ten-year prison sentence for writing a comprehensive study about Tibet. The manuscript, written in Chinese, is entitled Sao dong de Ximalayashan and is reportedly a compilation of 57 chapters covering various topics including democracy, the sovereignty of Tibet, Tibet under communism, colonialism, and religion. Dolma Kyab is also said to have started another manuscript on the geographical aspects of Tibet, which was comparatively short yet touched on sensitive topics about the location and number of Chinese military camps in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).
Dolma Kyab (also known as Lobsang Kelsang Gyatso) was reportedly arrested on 9 March 2005 in Lhasa, where he was teaching history at a middle school. He was held pending trial at the TAR Public Security Bureau Detention Centre, popularly known as"Seitru", on charges of"endangering state security", and sentenced on 16 September 2005 by Lhasa Intermediate People's Court to ten years in prison. The sentence was upheld on appeal on 30 November 2005. In March 2006 he was transferred to Chushul Prison. Dolma Kyab reportedly contracted tuberculosis whilst in"Seitru" prison, for which he received medical treatment before being transferred to Chushul Prison.
The following background is provided by The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), http://www.tchrd.org/: "Dolma Kyab was born in 1976 in Ari Village, Qilian County, Tsochang Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. He attended the local primary school in 1984 and later joined the county middle school. After completing his schooling in 1995, he joined a teachers training centre and served as a teacher in a middle school in Qilian County.
He later went to a university in Beijing to continue his studies. In
2003, he came to India to learn English and Hindi languages and
returned to Tibet in May 2004. Upon return, he served as a history teacher in a middle school in Lhasa until arrest."
PLEASE SEND APPEALS TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES:
**Protesting the ten-year prison sentence handed down to teacher and writer Dolma Kyab, and calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory;
**Expressing concern for his health following reports that he
contracted tuberculosis in pre-trial detention, and seeking
assurances that he is receiving all necessary medical care.
His Excellency Hu Jintao
**President of the People's Republic of China
Procurator General Mr. Jia Chunwang
**Supreme People's Procuratorate
**Beiheyan Street 147
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For further information please contact Cathy McCann at International PEN Writers in Prison Committee, Brownlow House, 50/51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER, Tel.+ 44 (0) 20 7405 0338, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7405 0339, email: email@example.com
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