Tibet: Writer may die from tuberculosis

English PEN is seriously concerned for the health of Tibetan writer and teacher Dolma Kyab, an Honorary Member of English PEN, whose health is said to be critical in prison. English PEN believes Dolma Kyab, who is serving a ten-year sentence for his writings, is held in violation of his rights to freedom of expression and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release. English PEN also seeks assurances from the Chinese authority that he be given necessary medical care.


Dolma Kyab was sentenced to ten-year imprisonment on 16 September 2005 by Lhasa Intermediate People’s Court in a secret trial. Although, there is no official information on his charges, it is believed that he was sentenced for espionage and ‘stealing state secrets’ for his unpublished book Sao dong de Ximalayasha (The Restless Himalayas) and some of his earlier writings which Dolma Kyab reportedly gives sensitive information on issues such as the location and number of Chinese military camps in Tibet.


During his pre-trial detention, Dolma Kyab has contracted tuberculosis and received some medical treatment. After that he has been transferred several times and he is currently held in Xining prison (Qinghai Province), a labour camp where prisoners undergo ‘re-education through labour’, he is forced to do heavy labour in prison and this seriously deteriorates his health.


For more details on Dolma Kyab’s case, please visit:



Please send appeals


– Expressing concern for the detained writer and teacher Dolma Kyab’s health that he may die in prison, and urge that he be granted all necessary medical treatment.


– Demanding that he be given lighter tasks to work on in prison following the reports that he is forced to do heavy labour which has worsened his health.


– Protesting the ten-year sentence given to Dolma Kyab, and call for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory.




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


Procurator General Mr Jia Chunwang
Supreme People’s Procuratorate
Beiheyen Street 147
100726 Beijing
People’s Republic of China


It maybe however, more effective to send your appeals through the Chinese representatives in United Kingdom,


Her Excellency Mrs Fu Ying
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
49-51 Portland Place
London W1B 4JL

Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/bulletins/tibetwritermaydiefortuberculosis/

About English PEN staff

This content is published by the English PEN staff.

View all posts by English PEN staff →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *