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Tibetan monk released after 5 years in a Chinese jail

Kunga Tsayang was not certain if he would ever come home again after his arrest by the Chinese police in 2009. But he has survived to return to his family and friends. This courageous Tibetan activist was released after 5 years in a Chinese jail, reported on Jan. 15, 2014.

Kunga Tsayang being received by local Tibetans on Jan. 14, 2014
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Kunga Tsayang is a well liked Tibetan writer and environmentalist who was put in jail in March 2009. On January 12, 2014 he was released from a Chinese detention center in Lanzhou, according to the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy. Tsayang was sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly writing political essays which were critical of Chinese policies in Tibet. After being released from prison he briefly visited his monastery in Labrang before proceeding to his home in Chikdril County in Golok.

The release of Tsayang was celebrated by local Tibetans offering him traditional Tibetan scarves and burning incenses. Tsayang wrote under the pen name “Sun of Snowland”. He was sentenced to a 5 year prison term on Nov. 15, 2009 by the Kanlho Intermediate People’s Court for the disclosure of state secrets. Several of his essays challenged the Chinese government’s policies dealing with Tibet. He was also charged with separatist activities due to the nature of his writings. Hopefully Tsayang will recover well from his ordeal in prison as he is warmly welcomed back home by his friends and family.

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