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Three Tibetan Monks Secretly Detained in Nagchu County

May 1, 2009

By Phurbu Thinley
April 29, 2009

Dharamsala, April 29 -- Chinese authorities in
Nagchu (Ch: Nagqu) County, Nagchu Prefecture,
Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have secretly
detained three Tibetan Buddhist monks, according
to Dharamsala-based Tibetan centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

The three detained monks, all belonging to
Shapten Monastery, have been identified as
Khensur Thupten Thapkhey,47, Geshe Tsultrim Gyaltsen, 34, and Tsundue, 30.

The centre said, to secretly detain the three
monks, the Chinese official gave misleading
information to other monks of the monastery.

Khensur Thapkhey, a former abbot of the Shapten
Monastery, and Geshe Tsultrim Gyaltsen, a
scripture master, were detained by Nagchu Public
Security Bureau (PSB) officials on April 11,
2009, for unknown reasons, TCHRD said.

TCHRD said the Nagchu security personnel misled
the monks of Shapten Monastery by explaining that
the two monks had gone to Lhasa City to receive
Geshe (Doctorate of philosophy) Degree Certificate from religious bureau.

"However, it proved to be a ruse," the centre
said, quoting sources as saying. It said that the
Nagchu authorities actually straight away took
them to a detention centre, where they were currently being detained.

Similarly, another monk Tsundue, 30, a head of
the Shapten Monastery's Democratic Management
Committee (DMC) was also misled by Chinese
authorities that he had to attend a meeting, but
was escorted to Nagchu PSB detention centre, TCHRD said.

The centre said it is yet to ascertain the
precise reason for which the three monks were detained.

The parents and relatives of the detainees were
trying to make contact with them in Nagchu PSB
detention centre, the centre said, while
expressing "serious concern" about their safety and well being.
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