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Chinese authority detain Tibetan writer for contacting people in exile: Report Tibet
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Chinese authority detain Tibetan writer for contacting people in exile: Report

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 30 Jan 2023, 04:22 pm

Lasha: Chinese authorities in Tibet have detained a Tibetan writer and former teacher for allegedly contacting exiles outside the country, media reports said on Saturday.

The writer, known only as Palgon, was arrested at his home in August 2022 and has been incommunicado ever since, reports Radio Free Asia.

“There is still no information on where he is being held at the moment,” a source inside Tibet told Radio Free Asia.

“His family members were also not informed or given proper reasons for his arrest other than Palgon’s contact with people in exile to offer prayers to His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” the source added, insisting on anonymity for security reasons.

Palgon is from the Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China’s southeastern Qinghai province. He was an elementary school teacher in the prefecture’s Pema county, but he later resigned from his role and continued as an independent writer.

“Palgon usually is very active on social media platforms and audio chat groups where he writes and engages,” another source inside Tibet told RFA.

Over the last few months, RFA has reported on China’s arrests of monks, writers, young protestors, and other Tibetan figures in a wide-ranging crackdown. Those detained will often be held incommunicado for months before being sentenced.

Dawa Tsering, director of the India-based  Tibet Policy Institute, told RFA that the arrest shows China’s attempts to block Tibetans from communicating with the outside world.

“The Chinese government does not want the international communities to know about the harsh policies that they have been implementing on Tibetans in terms of religion, culture, and language,” Tsering said.