By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- A former Tibetan political prisoner and writer from Serta county of eastern Tibet disappeared after detained by the Chinese authority in March, 2021. The whereabouts of the detainee are still unknown to his family members.
According to Tibet Post International (TPI), former Tibetan political prisoner and prominent writer Gangkye Drukpa Kyab or Gang Metak was arrested by the Chinese authority around 5:30 pm local time on March 23, 2021. Further details including reasons for his arrest and his current whereabouts are still unknown to the world.
Former Tibetan political prisoner Golog Jigme, who now lives in Switzerland said that, “ Drukpa Kyab was arrested by Serta county police around 5:30 pm(local time) on March 23, 2021, from his home (maybe from his book shop) in Serta county, eastern Tibet. More than 20 days have passed since his arrest, but little has been known about him, including where he is being held.”
On February 15, 2012, Serta county police arrested Drukpa Kyab for the first time. The Tibetan writer was sentenced to five and a half years in prison by a Chinese Intermediate People’s Court for his writings, which were accused of “inciting secession” and “sending illegal information outside of China”. He was then jailed in Sichuan Province Prison of the People’s Republic of China.
His well-known books, including “Calling from afar-Jangpo”, “Pain in Time (Du-kyi-na-su)”, “Today’s Tear (Dari-gi-Michu), “White-scarf magazine”, and “Worded with Red Blood in 2008” are some of his writings about the Tibetan uprising in 2008. The 2008 Tibetan uprising was a series of protests and demonstrations against China’s oppressive policies in Tibet.
After more than 5 years in the Sichuan Province Prison, he was released on September 16, 2016. However, on the day of his release, he was accused of putting His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s picture on his head and was detained by Serta police for 17 days.
Even after his release, he suffered severe health problems as a result of the brutal torture and beating he received in jail, including kidney failure, heart problems, loss of vision and digestive problems.
Gangkye Drukpa Kyab was born on August 6, 1981, from Rag-Tam-Ge-Phen village in Serta county, Karze, eastern Tibet. His father is Thupten Nyima and mother is Wangthang Dolma. He has a 16-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son with his wife Wangshu Lhamo.
Over the past seven decades, there has been ongoing political repression, social discrimination, economic marginalization, environmental destruction, and cultural assimilation, particularly due to Chinese migration to Tibet which is fueling intense resentment among the people of occupied Tibet.
The communist-totalitarian state of China began its invasion of Tibet in 1949, reaching complete occupation of the country in 1959. Since that time, more than 1.2 million people, 20% of the nation’s population of six million, have died as a direct result of China’s invasion and occupation. In addition, over 99% of Tibet’s six thousand religious monasteries, temples, and shrines, have been looted or decimated resulting in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of sacred Buddhist scriptures.
Until 1949, Tibet was an independent nation in the Himalayas which had little contact with the rest of the world. It existed as a rich cultural storehouse — a unifying theme among the Tibetans — as was their own language, literature, art, and world view developed by living at high altitudes, under harsh conditions, in a balance with their environment.
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