Spotlight on Tibet: Tibetan writer Gedun Tsering speaks out on his home-land

Gedun Tsering, writer of  books and blogs on Tibet, today  lives in Dharamsala, India, where the Tibetan government in exile is based. He recently fled there, after  living in hiding for  twelve months, but continues to write and peak of his home-land.

According to the Chinese authorities his writing is politically motivated and like other Tibetan writers, he has been accused of ‘inciting separatism’. Whereas, Tsering, in an recent interview with ‘Reporters without borders’ (that has also been diffused by the “Tibetan Post”)states that he just wants to talk about his homeland and his articles are more descriptive than politically charged.

It is worth noting  that three Tibetan writers, Kalsang Jinpa, Jangtse Donkho and Buddha ,have been recently on trial, with the same accusation of ‘inciting separatism’.  The former was sentenced to three years in prison, the latter to four years. The final hearing was on 30th December 2010. They said to ‘Reporters without borders’ that they had not been granted competent interpreters and that during the last hearing neither them nor their lawyers were allowed to speak.

 Gedun Tsering denounces the lack of news websites and blogs allowing Tibetan people to access information and exchange opinions, since they had all been shut down by the Chinese authorities.

He speaks out on Chinese restrictions on Tibetan freedom of expression in his most recent works: “The Alive Eye” and “The Tears”. These books mostly focus on the events which affected Tibet between 2008 and 2010 referring even to the peaceful demonstrations and the consequent Chinese crackdown which occurred two years ago. Furthermore, he talked about the dilemma of whether protesting might bring some good change or not. From his point of view, it is evident that if nothing is done, nothing will ever change.

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