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Tibetan monk arrested for spearheading protest during 2008 uprising released after 10 years

A Tibetan monk jailed for spearheading a mass protest against Chinese rule during the 2008 uprising in Tibet was released after 10 years. Choktrin Gyatso, 44, was released at around 5 p.m local time on 15 April from a prison in Siling (Ch: Xining) city, capital of Qinghai Province. When he reached home from Xining, it was midnight. This was a calculated move on the part of the Chinese authorities to prevent local Tibetans from welcoming the monk and taking his photos. Verbal warnings were also issued by Chinese prison authorities that Gyatso and his family are not allowed to …

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Tibetan monk jailed for peaceful protest released after three years

A Tibetan monk was released last Wednesday after the completion of his three years prison term. Lobsang Gyatso, 23, a monk at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County was sentenced to three years by the Intermediate People’s Court in Barkham (Ch: Ma’erkang) in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. Gyatso was detained after he staged a peaceful protest on 2 April 2014, carrying a handmade Tibetan flag and walking on the main road in Ngaba County town shouting slogans calling for “Return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet” and “ Freedom in Tibet”. Gyatso managed to escape …

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China silent on enforced disappearance of Tibet’s Panchen Lama as TCHRD observes 22 years of Panchen Lama’s captivity with a new report on Tibet’s prisoners of conscience

Today is the 28th birthday of Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who went missing 22 years ago along with his parents after they were detained by Chinese officials in Tibet. The Panchen Lama’s case has become one of the world’s longest enforced disappearances, the answer to which is considered a top state secret by the Chinese government. The last information on Panchen Lama’s condition became available on 6 September 2015 when Norbu Dhondup, an official from the United Front Work Department of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) responded to questions from the media that Panchen Lama was was living …

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