Tell China to Release Tibetan Poet Tashi Rabten
  • Petitioned Ambassador Liu Xiaoming

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Ambassador Liu Xiaoming
Amnesty International UN Office in Geneva
Peter Splinter
Ambassador Zhang Yesui
Amnesty International UN Office in New York
Jose Luis Diaz

Tell China to Release Tibetan Poet Tashi Rabten

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      100 Thousand Poets for Change

High Peaks Pure Earth, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Split This Rock, members of the Tibetan community, and human rights/freedom of speech supporters call for the immediate and unconditional release of Tibetan poet Tashi Rabten in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory. http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm#art19

According to the International Campaign for Tibet, "In an environment of intense repression in Ngaba, Tibet, a young writer has been sentenced to four years in prison on charges linked to a collection of bold essays on the unrest and crackdown in Tibet since 2008. Tashi Rabten, the editor of banned literary magazine Eastern Snow Mountain (Shar Dungri), was sentenced on June 2 by the Ngaba Intermediate People’s Court. His sentencing follows that of three other Tibetan intellectuals who wrote powerful essays for Shar Dungri, now banned in Tibet. Copies of the journal were among books seized and burnt by security personnel at a school in the Ngaba area in April 2011." For more information, click here http://www.savetibet.org/media-center/ict-news-reports/tibetan-writer-tashi-rabten-sentenced-four-years-ngaba

In a PEN letter of appeal from Larry Siems, Director of Freedom to Write and International Programs, to Hu Jintao, the President of the Republic of China, Mr. Siems writes, "On behalf of the 3,300 members of PEN American Center, an international organization of writers dedicated to protecting freedom of expression wherever it is threatened, we are writing to protest the arrest of Tibetan writer and editor Tashi Rabten" and calls for Tashi Rabten's "immediate and unconditional release." http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/3786/prmID/1610 .

In his poem,"Prisoner in Hell" translated from the Tibetan by Bhuchang D. Sonam, Tashi Rabten writes:

"Hell is a fortress made from iron and steel
A doorless fortress of shackles and handcuffs
 
Freedom-loving people are the prisoners of this fortress
Or they are criminals seeing the darkness of the hell
These people have fallen to the darkness of hell wanting to see freedom"

To read Tashi Rabten's poems, please click here http://blog.studentsforafreetibet.org/2011/06/tashi-rabtens-sentence-and-his-poetry/

Additional links:

High Peaks Pure Earth  http://www.highpeakspureearth.com/2009/08/bad-news-tibetan-bloggers-report-arrest.html 

Students for a Free Tibet  http://blog.studentsforafreetibet.org/2011/06/tashi-rabtens-sentence-and-his-poetry/

Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/news/2009/03/09/china-hundreds-tibetan-detainees-and-prisoners-unaccounted

 

 

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      "PEN centers around the world are calling attention to six other writers under threat. Nedim Sener and Ahmet Şik, also from Turkey, are on trial for their books on official investigations into a neo-nationalist organization. Reeyot Alemu, from Ethiopia, has been held incommunicado since her arrest in June. Tashi Rabten, a Tibetan imprisoned by the Chinese government, is serving a four-year sentence for “separatism.” Abdul-Jalil Al-Singace, from Bahrain, was picked up during the unrest in his country this year and is now serving a life sentence. And then there is Susana Chavez, who is among the nine journalists and writers murdered in Mexico in this year alone."

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