Case of the Month March 2007: Tashi Gyaltsen and Jampel Gyatso

 

 

D.o.B.: 1964 and 1979, respectively
Profession: Monks of the Drakar Trezong Monastery in Qinghai province, northwestern China.
Date of arrest: 16th January 2005.
Sentence: Tashi Gyaltsen and Jampel Gyatso were reportedly administratively sentenced to three years of Re-education Through Labour.
Details of arrest: Arrested in their rooms at the Darkar Trezong monastery in Qinghai province, northwestern China. They were allegedly detained for publishing a journal called The Charm of Sun and Moon which contained poems and writings of a political nature. The magazine was published in mid/late 2004. Gyaltsen and Gyatso were arrested alongside their colleagues Lobsang Thargyal, Tsultrim Phelgyal and Tsesum Samten who have since been released due to a shorter sentence.

Place of detention: Said to be held in Topa Re-education Through Labour Camp at Huangzhong Dzong, near Xining in Qinghai province, northwestern China.
Professional details: Tashi Gyaltsen is said to have edited The Charm of Sun and Moon and other magazines at the monastery, and to have written articles including “The Past and Present History of Tredzong Monastery.” Jampel Gyatso was joint-editor of the magazine. Lobsang Thargyal, Tsultrim Phelgyal and Tsesum Samten all vice-edited the magazine.
Previous political problems/imprisonment: Lobsang Thargyal and Tsesum Samten were detained without charge for one and two months respectivley in 2002.
 

Please send appeals:

– protesting the detention of Tashi Gyalsten and Jampel Gyatso and calling for their immediate and unconditional release in
accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China became a signatory in 1998;
– seeking immediate assurances that they are not ill-treated while serving their sentence of Re-education Through Labour;
– urging the authorities to respect their basic rights whilst detained and to granted them full access to their families, lawyers and any necessary medical care


Appeals may be sent to:


His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China
State Council
Beijing 100032
P.R. China
 
Procurator General Mr. Jia Chunwang
Supreme People’s Procuratorate
Beiheyan Street 147
100726 Beijing
P. R. China

 

It may be most effective to send the above appeals via the Cuban embassy in London:

His Excellency
Ambassador Zha Peixin
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
49 – 51 Portland Place
London  W1B 4JL

Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/prisoners/tashigyaltsenandjampelgyatso/

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