Tibetan Writer Rangjung Detained Without Charges
International PEN is seriously concerned about the detention of Rangjung, a Tibetan writer, singer and television presenter, who has reportedly been held without charge since September 11, 2008. PEN fears that Rangjung may be held for his online writings, and if so, calls for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory.
According to PEN’s information, Rangjung was arrested at his home in Amdo Golok, eastern Tibet, in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture on September 11, 2008. No charges against him have been made public, although it is feared that he may be detained for views expressed on his blog. 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 25 years old and worked as a news presenter for a local television station prior to his arrest. He has four children, and his family has reportedly not been informed of the reason for his arrest.
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- Expressing serious concern over 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, as guaranteed by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory.
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His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China
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