Kunga Tsayang

Kunga Tsayang

Location: China
34° 55' 49.3608" N, 102° 58' 29.4744" E
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 17 Mar 2009
Campaign Site: http://freekunga.com/

On 19 November 2009, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy reported that blogger and photographer Kunga Tsayang (Pen Name: Gangnyi) had been sentenced to five years in prison.

Twenty-year old Kunga Tsayang, who writes under the pen-name Gangnyi meaning Sun of Snowland is a popular writer, blogger and photographer who is passionate about the environment. He was taken from Labrang monastery in Gansu province on March 17, 2009, by police.

Kunga Tsayang, who is a monk, was born in Chikdril (Chinese: Jiuzhi) county in Golog (Chinese: Guoluo) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), Qinghai province, and educated at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics at Labrang monastery and in Beijing. He is thought to have been detained as a result of his essays on a website named “Jottings” or “Rough Notes” (Tibetan:Zin-dris).

Kunga wrote essays including: “Who are the true splittists?”, “Who is supporting us?” “Lhasa is Lhasa no more”, “China must apologize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama”, “Tibetan people, we must clearly understand the truth about AIDS”, and “We, Tibetans, are the real witnesses”. Kunga Tsayang is also a photographer for Golok Nianbao Yuze Association of Environmental Protection.

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