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Tibetan writer Goyon believed to be released from detention

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Go Yonten Gyatso aka Goyon (Photo/TCHRD)

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, Dec. 6: Tibetan writer Go Yonten Sangpo also known as Gonyo, who went missing last December, is believed to be released from detention, according to the Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. Based in Drango County in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, he was believed to have been released a few months ago.

In November, the writer shared a post on his WeChat account to announce the publication of one of his works of translation, noting that he had been offline for over two years since August 2020 without any further clarification.

In Dec 2021, TCHRD said that Goyon was detained with two other prominent writers, followed by a communication sent to China by a UN human rights experts’ committee detailing their whereabouts. China admitted to the detention of Thupten Lodoe (Sabuchey) and Rongwo Gendun Lhundup but failed to provide any information on Goyon. 

The writer had written an account of his previous detention in 2010, where he described the torture he had suffered at the hands of Chinese police in Chengdu. “He was interrogated and severely beaten up overnight chained to a metal chair, also known as ‘Tiger chair’,” TCHRD’s report stated. Goyon was detained overnight in Chengdu with two of his friends on June 5 in 2010 and has suffered torture among other mistreatments in custody.

The numbers of prisoners of conscience continue to rise as the Chinese government deems any form of expression as being politically motivated. The Tibetan rights groups called for their release and demanded information on their well-being, “TCHRD calls for the immediate withdrawal of charges against all Tibetan writers imprisoned for exercising human rights and their release from unjust imprisonment. All verifiable information about the fate of other writers such as Goyon must be made publicly available so that their human rights are protected and guaranteed.” 

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