Shokjang

Shokjang

Shokjang

Summary: Tibetan writer and blogger, arbitrarily detained in March 2015 and sentenced to three years.
Charge: Unknown
Status: Shokjang was released in March 2018

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

Shokjang 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.

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.