Our Group’s Letters of Concern Helped Release Tagyal of China.
Tagyal is a Tibetan scholar and writer. He was held under suspicion of “inciting separatism.” He was at risk of torture and other ill-treatment, he had been denied visitors and that authorities closed down his family-run bookshop this past time he was arrested solely for his peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression.
He was believed to have been arrested because of a letter he wrote to express condolences to victims of the earthquake in Yushu in April 2010, which also criticized Chinese authorities for their handling of relief efforts.
The Global Importune letter signing group began sending letters of concern on behalf of Tagyal to officials in the government of China sometime around July 2010.
The national and international outcry helped secured the release of Tagyal on October 8, 2010.
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