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Senior Tibetan monk jailed for protesting arbitrary detention of his uncle released after 10 years

A senior Tibetan monk was released last Monday after he completed a ten-year prison term for leading a peaceful protest against the arbitrary detention of his uncle by Chinese security forces in Lithang (Ch: Litang) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham. Adruk Lopoe, 55, was released at around 11 pm local time on 21 August and reached his home in Yonru Kharshul Village in Ponkar Township in Lithang County, according to information provided by his relative Adruk Tseten who lives in India. There is no information available on his current …

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Tightening the Noose: China appoints Communist Party members to key positions at Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Institute

Chinese authorities have announced the appointment of Chinese Communist Party members to key positions at Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Institute to exercise direct control over the management and day to day operations of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in Larung valley in Tibet’s Serthar (Ch: Seda) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The move follows a yearlong campaign started in July 2016 that saw the demolition of thousands of monastic quarters and eviction of monks and nuns from the institute. Beginning May this year, Chinese government began building roads and other amenities for the benefit …

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Tibetan monk imprisoned for Dalai Lama pictures released after two years

A Tibetan monk was released from prison last month after serving two years sentence for storing pictures of the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for sharing the same on social media. Gomar Choephel, 48, was released in the second week of July from Haomen Prison located in Haomen Township in Semnyi (Ch: Menyuan) Hui Autonomous County, Tsojang (Ch: Haibei) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. It is the same prison where the prominent Tibetan blogger Drukar Gyal aka Shokjang is imprisoned. Gomar Choephel is a monk at Rongwo Monastery in Rebkong (Ch: Tongren) County, Malho (Ch: Huangnan) …

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