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Former Tibetan political prisoner served with 12 years prison term

The Lhasa Intermediate People’s Court has sentenced Sonam Gyalpo, 44, to twelve years in jail on charges of “endangering state security”, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). He is currently imprisoned at Chushul (Ch: Qushui) Prison located in the west of Lhasa City. Prior to the sentencing, which reportedly took place around mid 2006, he was held in detention at Seitru Detention Centre (“TAR” PSB Detention Centre). Sonam’s family appealed to the High Court to reconsider the sentence but to no avail.

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Tibetan monk disappears, whereabouts unknown

A 19-year old Tibetan monk, Thubten Samten, disappeared from his room in Sera Monastery in Tibet. Sources believe that the Chinese police lifted him for alleged political activities. According to reliable information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), Thubten disappeared on the morning of 23 May 2006, and his whereabouts remain unknown till date.

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Nangpa La Survivors Talk to Press

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) organized a Press Conference here in Delhi at Press Club of India today to highlight the recent inhuman behaviour of Chinese Army who fired gunshots on innocent Tibetans fleeing via the Nangpala pass near Nepalese border with Tibet. Mr.Urgen Tenzin (Executive Director) and Mr.Tenzin Norgay, Personnel for UN Affairs of TCHRD briefed the Press Conference.

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