Tibetan scholar arrested for writings sentenced to four years in secret trial – Radio Free Asia

A Tibetan writer arrested two years ago on unspecified charges has been sentenced by a Chinese court to four years in prison, without authorities saying when his sentence was passed or where he is currently being held, said learned RFA.

Lobsang Lhundup, who goes by the pseudonym Dhi Lhaden, was convicted of writing a book criticizing Chinese rule in Tibetan areas and “creating disorder among the public,” sources in Tibet told RFA on Friday. ‘speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons. .

After his arrest, his family were not allowed to meet with him or provide him with clothes or food, and his current state of health is still not known, the sources said.

Lhundup was arrested in June 2019 while working at a private cultural education center in Chengdu, the capital of western China’s Sichuan Province, sources told RFA in a previous report.

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 pending 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 detained 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 Sangyal Kunchok for the Tibetan service of RFA. Translated by Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Richard Finney.