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China questioned on whereabouts of Tibetan writers

April 2, 2009

By Phurbu Thinley
April 1, 2009

Dharamsala, April 1 -- The New York based
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday
called on China’s Public Security Bureau in Gansu
Province to disclose the whereabouts and legal
status of Kunga Tsayang, who was detained by the authorities last month.

Kunga, a monk from the Amdo Labrang Tashi Kyil
Monastery, has written political commentary and
his reported disappearance is part of an under an
ongoing sweep of Tibetan online writers that
began in March 2008 amid Tibet unrest, CPJ said in a statement.

According to the Dharamsala-based Tibetan Center
for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), which
said it had received the information from several
sources, Tsayang was arrested by the Public
Security Bureau during a late-night raid on March
17 and has not been heard from since.

"We are concerned for the welfare of Kunga
Tsayang and call on the Public Security Bureau in
Gansu to reveal where and why he is being held,"
said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator.

Tsayang wrote under the pen name Gang-Nyi
(Tibetan for "Sun of Snowland"), mostly for the
Web site Jottings. According to the Web site
Students for a Free Tibet, he was an
environmental activist and photographer, but also
wrote online political essays with titles such as
"Who Is the Real Disturber of Stability?" and
"Who Is the Real Instigator of Protests?" A
translation of one of his columns ("Who are the
Real Separatists?") can be found on the Web site,
Tibet Writes. Tsayang maintained his own Web site as well.

According to CPJ, Tsayang is the third writer to
be detained without explanation by authorities in Gansu in recent weeks.

On March 18 CPJ called on China's public security
officials in Gansu to release two Tibetan
journalists recently detained or charge them with an offense.

Kunchok Tsephel Gopey Tsang, who ran the Tibetan
cultural issues Web site Chomei (The Lamp), was
arrested on February 26 and Golok Jigme Gyatso,
the monk who assisted the filmmaker Dhondup
Wangchen of “leaving fear behind”, was rearrested on the night of March 17.

CPJ said the later two were also still being held without charge.
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