Gangkye Drubpa Kyab
Chinese Name: 岗吉·志巴加
Pinyin Name: Gangji Zhiba Jia
Age At Time Of Detention: 39
Sentence Date: May 21, 2009
Sentence Length: 15 years
Held In: Unknown prison in Gansu Province
Expected Release: May 2023
Known Health Issues: Unknown
Background: Writer Gangkye Drubpa Kyab or Gang Metak was detained by Chinese authorities on March 23, 2021, around 5:30 p.m. (local time) from his home in Serta county, eastern Tibet. The reasons for his detention are known and there been no information about his current whereabouts.
His best-known works, such as “Calling from afar-Jangpo,” “Pain in Time-Du-kyi-na-su,” “Today’s Tear-Dari-gi-Michu,” “White-scarf magazine,” and “Worded with Red Blood in 2008,” are on the suffering endured by Tibetans and the 2008. The Chinese PEN Centre, an official affiliate of International PEN, a global association of writers dedicated to freedom of expression and the defense of writers suffering governmental repression, recognizes Gangye Drubpa Kyab as an honorary member.
Serta county police arrested Drubpa Kyab for the first time on February 15, 2012. A Chinese Intermediate People’s Court sentenced the Tibetan writer to five and a half years in jail for his writings, which were accused of “inciting secession” and “sending illicit material outside of China.” On September 16, 2016, he was released from prison. However, on the day of his release, he was accused of wearing a portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and was detained for 17 days. He had suffered from serious health conditions, including kidney failure, cardiac problems, vision loss, etc.,then as a result of the torture and beatings he endured in prison.
Gangkye Drubpa Kyab was born on August 6, 1981, in Serthar county, Karze, eastern Tibet, from Rag-Tam-Ge-Phen village. His father’s name is Thupten Nyima, and his mother’s name is Wangthang Dolma. With his wife Wangshu Lhamo, he has a 16-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son.