Druklo (pen-name Shokjang)

Druklo (Pen Name: Shokjang) འབྲུག་ལོ། ཞོགས་ལྗང།

Young Tibetan writer and blogger sentenced to three years in prison on 17 February 2016 after being ‘disappeared’ for almost a year.

Tibetan writer and blogger Druklo, also known by his pen-name Shokjang, was detained by Chinese authorities on 16 March 2015 by national security police officers from a hotel in Rebkong, Amdo, eastern Tibet (Chinese: Tongren County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai province). On February 17 2016, Shokjang was sentenced to 3-years by the Malho Prefecture “Middle Court”; no details of the charge against him have been released by the Chinese authorities.

He is a prominent Tibetan writer and blogger known for his critical and thought-provoking articles about the current situation in Tibet, including the resettlement of Tibetan nomads. In the days leading up to his arrest, Shokjang wrote a blog post about an intense build up of Chinese security forces in the Rebkong area.

A close friend of Druklo, Golog Jigme Gyatso, who was himself a political prisoner imprisoned in China for his role in making a documentary film in Tibet, reports that the Chinese authorities have not given any reason for his detention or the charges against him to Druklo’s relatives, which is in violation of China’s own laws and their obligations under international law.

The UN Special Rapporteur Against Torture and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention have repeatedly condemned both secret and incommunicado detention as a serious rights violation that should be proscribed by law, and the UN General Assembly has denounced the practice as well.

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Key Facts

Age: 31
Summary: Young Tibetan writer and blogger was is arbitrarily detained in March 2015. On February 17 2016 he was sentenced to 3-years.
Charge: Unknown
Sentence: 3 years
Prison: Menyuan Prison
Status: Unknown