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For Freedom and Equality

This bilingual book titled For Freedom and Equality is a collection of articles and poems written by imprisoned Tibetan writer Shokjang. In many of his writings, Shokjang had criticized, with reason and clarity, the repressive policies implemented by the Chinese government in Tibet. In an exceedingly oppressive environment where basic rights and fundamental freedoms are almost non-existent, Shokjang used the power of pen to express the aspirations of the Tibetan people and to depict the real situation in Tibet. Drukar Gyal AKA Druklo (Pseudonym: Shokjang) is a 30 year-old writer and public intellectual from Labrang, Amdo, Tibet. He is a …

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Tibetan writer imprisoned for ‘inciting separatism’ released after more than five years

A Tibetan monk imprisoned for his direct and plainspoken writings on issues that are considered sensitive by the Chinese authorities was released last Sunday in Tsekhog (Ch: Zeku) County in Malho (Ch: Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Gartse Jigme, 42, was released on the evening of 4 February after serving more than five years in prison for allegedly ‘inciting separatism’ through his writings most of which contained his straightforward opinions on wide ranging subjects and issues including the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama, self-immolation, rights of Tibetans, environment and minority issues. Gartse Jigme has since returned …

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