onsdag 2. februar 2022

Tibetan writer missing more than a year after his arrest

Popular Tibetan writer and poet Gendun Lhundrub is incommunicado more than a year after his arrest in western China’s Qinghai province, with family members still in the dark as to his whereabouts or current condition, Tibetan sources say. Lhundrub, aged around 46 and formerly a monk at Rongwo monastery in Rebgong (in Chinese, Tongren) county in the Malho (Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, had been monitored by authorities for signs of political dissent over a long period of time before being detained, A Tibetan living in exile told RFA.

“It has now been more than a year after his arrest, and very little is known about his condition or the official reason for his arrest,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity to protect his contacts in the Rebgong area.

Lhundrub was arrested on Dec. 2, 2020, while on his way to attend a religious debate held in Rebgong, the source said, adding, “The event was witnessed only by a vegetable seller who saw him put into a black car by Chinese police, and no one else has any information about his arrest.”