Prisoner of the month September 2004: Ngawang Gyaltsen

Ngawang Gyaltsen is a senior monk from Drepung monastery near Lhasa. Imprisoned for a year in 1987, he was rearrested in 1989 and sentenced to 19 years in prison plus 9 years’ deprivation of political rights. He had been singled out as the leader of a group of monks accused of producing literature critical of the Chinese government and “passing information to the enemy”. The group’s first publication was a Tibetan translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There have been reports of serious problems in Tibet Autonomous Region prison (formerly Drapchi prison) where he is held.

Appeals to:

His Excellency Zhang Fusen

Minister of Justice,

c/o His Excellency

Ambassador Zhao Peixin,

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China,

49-51 Portland Place,

London W1N 3AH


Frances Wood has written a dozen books on China and Chinese culture and is a member of the Writers in Prison Committee, English PEN


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