Day of Imprisoned Writers Commemorated
Gu Chu Sum Movement Association of Tibet has successfully, commemorated the PEN‘s Day of Imprisoned Writers on November 15th for the third year in a row. To remember the brave Tibetan writers defying every odd to resist and be a voice for the Tibetans at large, who are subjected to live of misery and uncertainties in the name of ‘minority ethnic group’ under the Chinese regime since the 1950s, a poetry night was organised at Dharamkot in the evening from 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm attended by a number of local Tibetans and Indians along with a large number of foreigners.
The proceedings for the event began with an introduction to the day by vice president Dawa Tashi la, elaborating on the importance of the day in light of the Tibetan struggle and how, in Tibet, writers and intellectuals, including musicians and artist wee resisting the repression through a medium that is rightfully a basic human right that every individual around the world is entitled to regardless of race, religion, ethnicity and region.
Lead by Dharamshala based Tibetan writer and poet Tenzin Tsundue, a well known Tibetan freedom activist, notable Tibetan intellectuals and artists including Buchung D. Sonam, Nagwa Miru,Ngawang Nawakyipo, Jigme from JJI exile brothers’ band and others took part in an environment of free expression at the event to honour the courage of the Tibetan writers and intellectuals and artists at large, number of poems were read and many traditional folk songs were also sung, including some fine expressions written by writers from inside Tibet. Tea and Bhakthuk were served to warm the partakers in addition with a glorious bonfire in the middle of the woods.
However, an empty carpet was laid down to remember the absence of those who are and were imprisoned in Tibet for expressing their thoughts and bring to light the brutality of the communist party’s regime in China including Tibet in the suppression of free expression, a basic human rights.
The day of imprisoned writers is an annual, international day intended to recognise and support writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information. It was started in 1981 by PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee.
There are more than 30 known Tibetan writers and intellectuals who were either arrested or has been a victim of enforced disappearance for writing articles and songs that expressed their views.
GuChuSum Movement Association of Tibet is humbled and inspired by their courage in the face of adversary and brutality.
”When the sweet lives of monks, students, and ordinary people are dragged from this world into darkness, when those sweet lives which have prayed so hard for the swift fulfillment of their aspirations are confiscated by the state, I for one cannot remain silent, and the connection between their sad fates and my pen is a profound one.” :- Jangtse Dhonkho (Nyen)