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Veteran Tibetan political prisoner jailed over Dalai Lama books released after 12 years

A former Tibetan political prisoner named Sonam Gyalpo was released last month after serving a 12-yr prison term at Chushul (Ch: Qushui) Prison located in the west of Lhasa City. Sonam Gyalpo, now about 56 years old, was released on 27 August and is believed to have returned to his hometown in Lhoka (Ch: Shannan) Prefecture in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). No further details are available. In more than three decades, Sonam Gyalpo had spent an aggregate of 16 years in prison on vague and overbroad political charges including the third prison term of 12 years. As reported by TCHRD, …

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NGOs LAUNCH AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON TIBETAN DEMOCRACY

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in collaboration with Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) today launched a public awareness campaign to improve and strengthen Tibetan democracy. Through a series of activities focused on awareness raising and free and open public discussion, the campaign targets the exile Tibetan community including individuals, grassroots and civil society groups, as well as Tibetan parliamentarians, in an effort to accelerate the process of electoral reforms as a step towards wider democratic reforms in future. “In any democratic society, grassroots and civil society groups can serve as an effective conduit between the general public …

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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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