July 8, 2011

Tibet: Writer Hospitalised After Criticising Beijing Policies

Twenty-five-year-old Pema Rinchen has not been seen since he was severely beaten 5 July 2011.  Reports suggest that his detainment is due to comments regarding Chinese officials failure to address the devastation of 2010’s Kyegudo Earthquake and the Chinese government’s treatment of protesters in 2008.

Below is an article published by Central Tibetan Administration:

A 25-year-old Tibetan writer has been severely beaten and arrested for launching stinging attack on the Chinese government's wrong policies in Tibet in his book published earlier this year, reports from Tibet say.

Pema Rinchen, who writes under pen name “Stinger,” was arrested by the Public Security Bureau in Dragko in Karze in eastern Tibet on 5 July [2011]. He was then severely beaten and admitted in a local hospital the next day, according to reports.

The hospital ward was full of armed police officials, who denied Rinchen's mother and family members to meet him. The current whereabouts of Rinchen is not known. 

In his book “Look,” Rinchen strongly condemns the policies of the Chinese Communist Party on Tibet with particular reference to the brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests by Tibetans in 2008 and the mishandling of the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Kyegudo in 2010. The book contains the author's interviews with many Tibetans who participated in the peaceful protests that shook Tibet in 2008.

But the Public Security Bureau arrested Rinchen under the pretext of “inciting ethnic hatred."

In an excerpt from the book posted on a blog, Rinchen expressed in verses his deep anguish over the “Chinese Communists' invasion of Tibet, laws imposing the cruelty of hell on Tibetans, plundering Tibet's natural resources and inflicting deep wound on the pristine land of Tibet.”

He further laments over the “unbearable sufferings of Tibetans living inside Tibet due to the past that smack of blood, the deplorable and tragic present and a future which is terrifying.”

“If the power of god exists, it is time to salvage Tibetans from their sufferings, the Tibetan people's destiny may change for better if there is any power in hope and truth. But if those who talk of freedom and democracy do not put their words into action, they will remain empty of any essence whatsoever,” he further laments.

Around 2,000 copies of the book are in circulation in Tibet today.