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Abbot expelled and nuns arrested

Rev. Palden Dhondup, the 80-year-old abbot of Chubsang Nunnery north of Lhasa, was expelled from the nunnery in July 1996. According to our source, on July 1 (“Zamling Chisang”, or the festival of incense offering) four Chubsang nuns were arrested for demonstrating in the Barkhor area of the Jokhang Temple. They were; Phuntsok Youdon (20) from Medro Gong, Thinley Yangkyi (18) from Rading and Nyida Wangmo (17) from Lhokha. The name of the fourth nun is as yet unknown. On July 2, a further four Chubsang nuns were arrrested, again for demonstrations. They were; Jamphel (22) from Taktse, Lobsang Choeden …

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Fleeing Tibetans arrested

About 105 Tibetans, at least ten suffering from severe frostbite, were arrested for illegal entry in West Nepal after fleing Tibet, a Nepali daily newspaper reported on 17 November. The refugees entered Nepal via a little-used route from Manang (about 360 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu) while most Tibetan refugees use an eastward route along a mountain pass near Mount Everest. The refugees were later released by the Nepalese authorities as a result of intervention by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The UNHCR in Kathmandu will eventually process the arrivals’ …

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Profile: New longest imprisoned female political prisoner

Ngawang Sangdrol, a nineteen-year-old nun, has had her sentence extended by nine years. With a total of 18 years behind bars, she will be the longest imprisoned female political prisoner in Tibet. Ngawang Sangdrol (layname Rigchog) was born in Lhasa in 1977, and later joined Garu Nunnery (5 kilometres north of Lhasa). She was first arrested in 1987 when she was just ten years old for participating in a demonstration and was detained for 15 days. She was next arrested in 1990, aged thirteen years, for her participation in a demonstration led by nuns in the Norbulingka (the former summer …

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