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China re-arrests "Leaving Fear Behind" assistant PDF Print E-mail
[6 November 2012] Jigme Gyatso, assistant to imprisoned film-maker Dhondup Wangchen, has been re-arrested by the Chinese authorities. It is not clear for the reasons of the arrest.

Jigme GyatsoConcerns for Jigme Gyatso (pictured right, aka Golog Jigme) were initially raised in September after he went missing on a journey to Tsoe (Ch: Hezuo) in Amdo, eastern Tibet (now part of Gansu province). Jigme was last heard from on 20 September in Lanzhou (capital of Gansu province) whilst on his travels.

A source quoted by Phayul confirmed Jigme's arrest. The same source said that the Chinese authorities had demolished his quarters at Labrang monastery, Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) prefecture, Amdo (now part of China's Gansu province), shortly after he left for his travels in early September.

Jigme Gyatso assisted Dhondup Wangchen in the filming of the 2008 documentary Leaving Fear Behind, which provided first-hand accounts of life under Chinese occupation. Jigme and Dhondup were both arrested in March 2008. Jigme was released after seven months without charge, though he was tortured during his detention. Dhondup received a six-year prison sentence and is currently in Xichuan prison. Since 2008, Jigme has remained under constant surveillance by the Chinese authorities and has been detained on several occasions.

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