[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

Tibet writer detained as Kerry visits China

Author says she has been placed under house arrest after US invited her to dinner event during Kerry visit to Beijing.

Last updated: 09 Jul 2014 12:33
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Woeser received an award from the US in 2013, but Beijing banned her from traveling to Washington DC [Reuters]

A well-known Tibetan writer has said that she and her husband have been placed under house arrest in Beijing, as China plays host to US State Secretary John Kerry for the latest round of US-China talks.

Tsering Woeser, who has been advocating for Tibetans rights, said on Wedensday that security officers arrived at her Beijing home late on Tuesday, shortly after she and her husband Wang Lixiong returned from a trip.

The state security officers refused to give a reason for the home detention, but Tsering Woeser said she believes it is related to a dinner invitation she received from the US Embassy, possibly to meet Kerry.

The US Embassy in Beijing did not immediately reply on Wednesday when asked to comment.

Tsering Woeser was awarded the 2013 International Women of Courage Award by the US State Department, but Beijing banned her from travelling to Washington to receive the award.

At the award ceremony, Kerry praised Tsering Woeser for her courageous writings on Tibetan people and their cause at a time of deteriorating human rights.

"Tsering Woeser has emerged as a clarion voice of the people, even as the Chinese government has worked to curtail the flow of information from Tibet," Kerry said at the time, according to a transcript posted on the State Department's website.

Tsering Woeser said the US Embassy had called her while she and Wang were travelling outside Beijing to extend an invitation to a Wednesday dinner, which she said she accepted over the phone.

She said the embassy never said whom she would meet, but she thought it could be Kerry, who wrote her a letter following last year's award.

"If I were to meet him, indeed, I would like to reply to his letter in person and offer my thanks," Tsering Woeser wrote on her Facebook page.

"But regrettably, I am now under house arrest."

309

Source:
AP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The conservative UMP party suffers from crippling internal divisions and extreme debt from mismanagement.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
join our mailing list