Day of Imprisoned Writers Commemorated

The Gu Chu Sum Movement Association of Tibet has, for the second year in a row, commemorated the PEN‘s Day of Imprisoned Writers on November 15th. To remember the brave Tibetan writers defying every odd to be a voice for the Tibetans at large, who are subjected to life of misery and uncertainties in the name of ‘minority ethnic group’ under the Chinese regime since the 1950s, The organisation launched an online Campaign to raise awareness among the general public about the fate of the Imprisoned Tibetan Writers, bloggers and poets.  Detailed profile of a wide range of Tibetan writers including Tibetan students, monks, reformists, doctors, environmentalists, feminists and artists were uploaded on the Facebook page of the organisation.

 

In the evening of the day of imprisoned writers, a poetry night was organised at Dharamkot, where local Tibetans and Indians along with a large number of foreigners took part in an environment of free expression at the event.  A number of poems were read and many traditional folk songs were also sung, including some fine expressions written by writers from Tibet. Tea and thenthuk 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 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 fulfilment 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)