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Tell China to Release Tibetan Poet Tashi Rabten

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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.

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

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." .

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

Additional links:

High Peaks Pure Earth 

Students for a Free Tibet

Human Rights Watch



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