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Death sentence for Bangri Rinpoche commuted to life imprisonment

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy received reliable information on Bangri Rinpoche’s arrest of 27 August 1999. (Ref: TCHRD Update January 2000 & December 2003) (Background detail on Bangri Rinpoche attached below) It has come to light through reliable sources to TCHRD- that in May 2001, Bangri Rinpoche was sentenced to death with two years suspension on charges of “espionage” and “endangering state security” by the Lhasa Municipality Intermediate People’s Court. Nima Choedon, Bangri Rinpoche’s wife was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for the same charges. On 29 May 2001, both were shifted to Drapchi Prison in the …

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China relaunches “Strike hard” campaign to curb Tibetan dissidence and religion

In its latest attempt to intensify hard-line policies, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has relaunched the “strike hard” campaign to systematically curtail Tibetan political dissent and to control religious institutions. A series of recent official meetings held in Lhasa has re-affirmed the need to curb dissidence by “striking hard” in the “Tibet Autonomous Region”(TAR). According to the State media China Tibet Information Centre (www.tibetinfor.com) and Lhasa Evening daily on 4 November 2004, “the “Strike hard” campaign for the winter – 1 November to 30 December 2004 – in Lhasa, TAR, has begun. The current campaign aims to eliminate internal secret …

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China releases Geshe Sonam Phuntsok upon completion of prison term

Chinese authorities have released Geshe Sonam Phuntsok upon completion of his five years imprisonment term, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). Geshe Sonam Phuntsok, popularly known as Kardze Geshe, was imprisoned for his religious activities and for conducting long life prayer ceremony for the Dalai Lama in October 1999. Early morning on 26 October 2004, Chinese Public Security Bureau (“PSB”) Officials brought Geshe in a government vehicle to his native Rongbatsang District in Kardze County, Kardze Tibet Autonomous Prefecture (“TAP”), Sichuan. He had earlier arrived in Dartsedo County on 24 October …

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