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China sentences a monk to life imprisonment term

May 23, 2009

The Kanlho Intermediate People?s Court today
sentenced a Tibetan monk to life imprisonment
term, according to confirmed information received
by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

Numerous sources informed TCHRD that Gannan (Tib:
Kanlho) Intermediate People's Court sentenced
Tsultrim Gyatso, a monk of Labrang Monastery for
life imprisonment ?term under the crime of
"endangering the state security." Tsultrim
Gyatso, 37, hails from a village called Yig-jang,
in Labrang (Ch: Sangchu) County, Gannan "Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture" (TAP), Gansu Province.?

Tsultrim Gyatso was involved in a peaceful
protest that took place on 15 March 2008 in
Sangchu County. He immediately left Sangchu
County after the demonstration to avoid arrest
but was eventually tracked down and arrested by
Drugchu County Public Security Bureau (PSB) personnel on 22 May 2008."

"Tibet witnessed massive and unprecedented
demonstrations and pro-Tibet agitations in
various parts of Tibet which were clamped down by
violent crackdowns and suppression. Consequently
hundreds and thousands of Tibetans were detained
and imprisoned for peaceful exercise of their
fundamental human rights and self-determination.

TCHRD expresses its serious concern over the
secretive and closed nature of trial under which
Tsultrim Gyatso was tried. TCHRD urges the
Chinese government to honour the fundamental
human rights of the Tibetan people.

Tashi Choephel Jamatsang (Mr.)
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Top Floor Narthang Building
Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala
H.P. INDIA 176215
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