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Tibetan political prisoner Tsultrim Gyatso has become eligible for release in November 2026 after his life sentence was commuted for the second time by the Intermediate People’s Court of Tianshui City in April last year, reported the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders on 17 July. The Tianshui court approved a 6-month sentence reduction claiming that Gyatso had “pleaded guilty, [showed] repentance, strictly abided by prison rules and discipline, obeyed [prison] management, showed remorse and reformed well.”  In 2014, Gyatso’s life sentence had been reduced to 19 years. He was also ‘deprived of political rights’ for seven years, a supplementary sentence that would subject him to police surveillance, house arrest, and restriction on travel and movement after his release from prison. Before his imprisonment, Gyatso was a monk at Labrang Monastery in Sangchu (Ch: Xiahe) county, Kanlho (Ch: Gannan)

CHINA CANNOT REDEFINE TORTURE #TortureVictimsDay2021

The use of torture to extract confessions from political detainees was rampant despite prohibitions against it in Chinese Criminal Procedure Law. Since Tibetan detainees are mostly charged with national security crimes, they are held incommunicado for months and sometimes never again found alive.

CHINA CANNOT REDEFINE TORTURE #TortureVictimsDay2021

The use of torture to extract confessions from political detainees was rampant despite prohibitions against it in Chinese Criminal Procedure Law. Since Tibetan detainees are mostly charged with national security crimes, they are held incommunicado for months and sometimes never again found alive.