Gu-Chu- Sum marks ‘Day of the Imprisoned Writer’ with poetry night

By Lobsang Tenchoe

DHARAMSALA, Nov 16: Gu-Chu- Sum Movement of Tibet, an organization of former political prisoners of Tibet, marked ‘Day of the Imprisoned Writer’ with a poetry night in the woods in Dharamsala yesterday.

23698577_1724750887569314_1391020723_oOn the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Dharamsala-based Tibetan NGO formed by former Tibetan political prisoners held a poetry night in the pine woods of Dharamsala to honour imprisoned Tibetan writers and prisoners of conscience.

Tibetans, Indians and foreigners attended the event in large numbers. The attendees were treated to a multilingual variety of poems and songs amidst the comfort of a bonfire. Hot tea and thenthuk was served to all the attendees as well.

Started by PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee in 1981, Nov 15 is annually observed as the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to honour, recognize and support the imprisoned writers who resisted repression of basic human rights, freedom of expression and stood up to attacks made against their right to impart information.