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China detains recently-released Tibetan writer and his friend for two-week ‘brainwashing class’

A photo of Samdup taken after his release from prison

Tibetan writer and teacher Gangkye Drupa Kyab was detained again on 17 September, a day after his release from prison. He had served more than four years and a half for merely exercising his right to freedom of expression and thought. His friend, Samdup, who had been released on 19 August after serving more than four years, was also detained on 18 September.

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‘No, We Have Not Forgotten You’: Canadian writer dedicates book to Gangkye Drupa Kyab

Cover of Sylvain Meunier's 'The Night of the Psychedelic Nurses’

In  a moving letter addressed to Tibetan writer Gangkye Drupa Kyab, Sylvain Meunier, a Montreal-based Quebecois writer expressed her indignation at Kyab’s unjust imprisonment. As a gesture of solidarity, Meunier also dedicated one of her books, ‘The Night of the Psychedelic Nurses’ to Gangkye Drupa Kyab, who was released earlier this month after serving more than four years and a half in prison.

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Tibetan writer and teacher Gangkye Drupa Kyab released before completion of prison term

Gangkye Drupa Kyab holding a portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Gangkye Drupa Kyab, a Tibetan writer and teacher, was released after four years and seven months from Minyak Rangakha Prison located in the southwestern part of Tibet’s Kham province in present-day Sichuan Province. Gangkye Drupa Kyab was released at around 5 pm local time on 16 September 2016 before the completion of his sentence. He had been sentenced to five and a half years on 1 August 2013 for allegedly being a member of an underground group called “Marshog Ngogol Tsogpa” (Anti-Communist Party Association). On 15 September 2012, he was arbitrarily detained by a group of prefecture and county level …

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