China: Tibetan writer detained

English PEN is seriously concerned about the detention of Rangjung, a Tibetan writer, singer and television presenter, who has reportedly been held without charge since 11 September 2008.

According to our information, Rangjung was arrested at his home in Amdo Golok, eastern Tibet, on 11 September 2008. No charges against him have been made public, although it is feared that he may be detained for views expressed on his weblog ( ). Rangjung (who like many Tibetans is known by one name only) is known for his outspoken pro-Tibetan views, and has published two books on Tibetan culture and history, Dhung shen kharpo (Pure Loyalty) and Himalaya Reboed (Himalaya Call for Hope). He is twenty-five years old, and worked as a news presenter for a local television company prior to his arrest. He has four children, and his family has reportedly not been informed of the reason for his arrest.


Please send appeals:


• Expressing serious concern at the arrest of Tibetan writer Rangjung, and seeking details of the charges against him;
• Calling for his immediate and unconditional release if held in violation of his right to freedom of expression, in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory.


Appeals to:


His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China
State Council
Beijing 100032
P.R. China


CC. Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Party Committee
Zhang Qingli
Zhonggong Xizang Zizhiqu Weiyuanhui
Lhasashi, Xizang Zizhiqu
People’s Republic of China

Please note that there are no fax numbers for the Chinese authorities. WiPC recommends that you copy your appeal to the Chinese ambassador in the UK asking them to forward it and welcoming any comments:


Her Excellency Mrs. Fu Ying
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
49 – 51 Portland Place
London W1B 1JL

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