China: crackdown continues as two more Tibetan activists arrestedEvent
- Initial Date
- Apr 22, 2021
- Event Description
Gangkye Drubpa Kyab, a writer and former political prisoner also called Gangme Thak, was arrested in Sertha on March 23, Jigme said, adding, “Kyab had not committed any crime, and the Chinese government has not shown any valid reason for his arrest.”
Political activist Gangbu Yudrum was taken into custody on March 22, with no reason given for his arrest, Jigme said.
Yudrum had previously served a three-year prison term beginning in 2008 for his role in a protest in which he raised the banned Tibetan national flag and called for the return to Tibet of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
He was arrested again in 2012 and released in 2014, receiving a warm welcome from people in his village, who hailed him as a “Tibetan fighter for the truth.” Upon his release, he wrote and distributed copies of a letter to local Tibetans urging them to work to free Tibet from Beijing’s rule.
Two of the six recently detained Tibetans have not yet been identified, and the whereabouts of all six are still unknown, Jigme said.
Formerly an independent nation, Tibet was invaded and incorporated into China by force 70 years ago, and the Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers later fled into exile in India and other countries around the world following a failed 1959 national uprising against China’s rule.
Chinese authorities maintain a tight grip on the region, restricting Tibetans’ political activities and peaceful expression of cultural and religious identity, and subjecting Tibetans to persecution, torture, imprisonment, and extrajudicial killings.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Rights Concerned
- Right to liberty and security
- Pro-democracy activist
- Monitoring Status
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- Summary for Publications
On 22 April 2021, Gangkye Drubpa Kyab and Gangbu Yudrum, pro-democracy defenders, were arbitrarily arrested by the police as result of prolonged harassment in Serthar County, China.