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Tibetan man imprisoned for helping send an appeal letter to UN released after about 10 years in prison

A Tibetan political prisoner was released on Tuesday, 27 October from a prison in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province. Kelsang Sonam was released a year prior to the completion of his full prison sentence, according to the court release order. Kelsang Sonam returned home to a warm welcome from family, friends and relatives in his hometown of Arig in Dola (Ch: Qilian) County in Tsojang (Ch: Haibei) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province Kelsang Sonam was arrested and sentenced to ten and a half years in prison for ‘revealing state secrets’ in 2006. The ‘state secret’ that he revealed to …

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Prominent Tibetan writer and teacher Dolma Kyab released after completion of over 10 years’ sentence

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy welcomes the release of Tibetan writer and teacher Dolma Kyab from prison after completing 10 years and six months. Dolma Kyab was sentenced for writing a book. According to information received by TCHRD, Dolma Kyab received a warm welcome from family, friends and other Tibetans in his hometown of Arig in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Eyewitnesses say he is in poor health and some suspect he is suffering from complications related to stomach ulcer and kidneys. “He frequently gets dehydrated with his mouth and throat becoming dry,” an eyewitness told TCHRD. …

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Tibetan political prisoner in critical condition after release from prison

A Tibetan monk who was recently released after completing a seven-year prison term is in critical condition following injuries suffered during detention and lack of medical care in prison. Palden Thinley, 26, was released from Deyang prison on the afternoon of 17 May 2015 in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham, according to information received by Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). On the day of his release, prison authorities handed over Palden Thinley to County Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers in Kardze apparently to prevent local Tibetans from giving …

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