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Kunga Tsayang acknowledges local Tibetans gathered to receive him in his hometown in Chikdril County.
Kunga Tsayang acknowledges local Tibetans gathered to receive him in his hometown in Chikdril County.

Writer, essayist, blogger, chronicler, environmentalist and amateur photographer Kunga Tsayang has been released after serving almost five years’ of imprisonment for allegedly writing political essays criticizing Chinese policies in Tibet.

According to reliable information received by TCHRD, Kunga Tsayang, who is also a monk from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery and wrote under a pen name “Sun of Snowland” (Tibetan: Gang Nyi) was released at around 8.30 am on 12 January 2014 from a prison in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province.

A source with contacts in Tibet told TCHRD that after release, Kunga Tsayang went to Labrang Monastery and from there on 14 January 2014, he returned to his hometown in Chikdril County in Golok (Ch: Guoluo) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, where a grand ceremony was held to celebrate his release. Local Tibetans, both young and old, came in droves bearing ceremonial scarves, as they burned juniper leaves and scattered ‘windhorse prayer flags’ (Tib: lungta) in the air to celebrate his release.

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Kunga Tsayang, a Tibetan writer-photographer arrested on 17 March 2009 has been sentenced last week to five years in prison on charges of disclosing state secrets, according to information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). He was arrested on alleged charges of posting political essays on Tibet on a website name as Jottings (Tib: Zin-dris) in Gansu Province. According to source, in a…

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