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China frees Tibetan writer upon completing jail term

(, Oct01, 2013) A Tibetan writer and school teacher was ceremonially welcomed home by friends and well-wishers after Chinese authorities released him from a prison in Minyang city of Sichuan Province on Sep 30 upon completing a three-year jail sentence for alleged separatist writings. The freed man, Joleb Dawa, was the founder-editor of a Tibetan-language journal called Duerab Kyi Nga and also a teacher at a school in Ngaba County-town in Sichuan Province.

The prominent writer was detained by Chinese state security officers on Oct 1, 2010, in the provincial capital Chengdu and held for a year at the Jinchuan County Detention Centre before being sentenced, said Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Sep 30. Chinese police also raided a bookstore and DVD rental shop being run by his wife, Zamlha. They confiscated his personal computer and some of his writings, including his diary.

Later on Oct 29, 2011, the prefectural court of Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) located at Barkham (Ma’erkang) County-town tried and sentenced him for three years in jail for alleged separatism.

Joleb Dawa had earlier been detained for a month for his involvement in a mass campaign against the decorative use of animal furs on traditional Tibetan clothing. This followed an appeal against the use of animal furs especially made by the Dalai Lama during his Kalachakra teaching in the Indian town of Amaravati in Jan 2006, which was attended by a large number of pilgrims from Tibet as well.

Joleb Dawa, a native of Joleb Village in Ngaba County, was also a popular organizer of Tibetan cultural conferences, which rendered him a target of frequent Chinese crackdown. 

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