Tibetan scholar arrested for writings held without trial for three years – Radio Free Asia

A Tibetan writer arrested on unspecified charges three years ago has still not been brought to justice, and his family members are kept in the dark, according to Tibetan sources.

Lobsang Lhundup, who goes by the pseudonym Dhi Lhaden, was arrested in June 2018 while working at a private cultural education center in Chengdu, the capital of west China’s Sichuan Province, told RFA a source living in Tibet.

“It appears that someone informed the owner of the cultural center of the educational materials he was using, and he was therefore arrested,” the RFA source said, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons. personal.

“Lhundup is a nice person and known to a lot of people, and his friends have avoided talking about him so far in the hopes that he will be released,” the source said.

“But his trial is still ongoing. No other information about him was released and no one was allowed to meet with him at all. “

Born in 1980, Lhundup is from the Pema district of the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Golog (Chinese, Guoluo) in Sichuan, sources said. He became a monk at the age of 11 and studied at the Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Academy in Sichuan, from which thousands of resident monks and nuns were later expelled by Chinese authorities.

After teaching Buddhism at Drepung and Sera monasteries in Lhasa, the regional capital of Tibet in his late twenties, Lhundup traveled extensively in Tibet, later writing and publishing books on the 2008 regional protests against politics. of Beijing and the domination of the Tibetan regions.

On December 4, 2020, Lhundup’s family was summoned by Chinese authorities to discuss his case, but they only learned that his trial was still ongoing and they were not allowed to meet with him.

Lhundup has a wife and a child, sources say.

Writers, singers and artists promoting Tibetan national identity and culture have often been arrested by Chinese authorities, and many have been sentenced to long prison terms, following protests that swept through Tibet and the Tibetan regions of China in 2008.

Language rights have become a particular focus of Tibetan efforts to assert national identity in recent years, with informally organized language courses generally viewed as “illegal associations” and teachers subject to detention and arrest. , according to sources.

Reported by Sangay Kunchok for the Tibetan service of RFA. Translated by Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Richard Finney.