Writer sentenced to three years in prison

Shokjang, in the foreground, at a protest
Shokjang, in the foreground, at a protest

19th February 2016

Shokjang had already spent a year in detention after his arrest for leading protests

A 32-year-old Tibetan writer was sentenced to three years in prison on 17 February for allegedly leading student protests, writing essays “disturbing social stability” and having contact with “separatists”. Druklo, more widely known by his pen name of Shokjang, was originally arrested on 19 March 2015 and remained in detention until his sentencing.

From Kanhlo in eastern Tibet, Shokjang was well known for his writings and reportedly detained for one month in 2010, accused of leading student protests in 2008 at the Northwest Nationalities University along with writing essays supporting Tibetan freedom.

"Are these are the actions of a nation ruled by law?”

In a blog post two days before his arrest in 2015, Shokjang wrote:

“In Rebkong, armed police are searching ordinary Tibetans, is it done for their safety or to disturb the peace? Whose tools are the police that carry arms against the people? If this is how they create social stability, how horrible is this act? Is this the way to protect people's universal human rights? Are these are the actions of a nation ruled by law?”

Shokjang’s family was informed two days before and gathered 40 people to appear at his sentencing. Local sources reported that the trial was unfair and Shokjang vowed to appeal to a higher court. He was allowed to see his four year old son for only four minutes before he was led away to serve his prison sentence.                           

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