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Updates on '2008 Tibet Protest: Two Tibetan Social Activists get 14 to 15 Years Jail Term

October 13, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 12, 2009

Dharamshala - Among those hundreds of Tibetans
who were tortured and arbitrarily sentenced to
jail for voicing strong indignation against 50
years of China's repression in Tibet last year, a
people's court in Lhasa last year had handed down
rigorous prison sentence of 14 to 15 years on two
Tibetan social activists, according to
information received by the Central Tibetan Administration.

Migmar Dhondup, aged 36, and Tenchoe alias Tenzin
Choedak, aged 23, were arrested by the Public
Security Bureau at separate locations in
connection with the peaceful protests in Lhasa,
the capital of Tibet, in March last year.

Migmar Dhondup was sentenced to 14 years in jail
on charges of espionage on 27 October.

While, in September or October, Tenchoe was
imprisoned to 15 years in jail and slapped with a
fine of 10,000 renminbi. Tenchoe is currently
serving hard labour in Chushul prison, located
near Lhasa. Tenchoe was forcibly detained by
Lhasa city's Public Security Bureau days after
the peaceful protest on 10 March last year, as
police said they have pictures of Tenchoe taking
part in the protest. During his detention till
mid-April, Tenchoe was interrogated using his
father's background as a pretext.  His father
identified as Mr Khedup took active participation
in political activities in Tibet for many years
until he was compelled to leave Tibet for exile
in Dharamsala in 1993. The police grilled Tenchoe
to get evidence of instigation from his father.

Both were engaged in social works in Tibet after
completing their school education from the
Tibetan Children's Village in Dharamsala, India.

Migmar Dhondup was born in Dingri district in
Shigatse Prefecture in 1973. He left Tibet in
1982 and received admission at the Tibetan
Children's Village in Dharamsala, India, and
completed his senior secondary school from TCV
Bylakuppe in 1995. He chose business studies at a
college in south India, following  which he
returned to Tibet to dedicate his service for the
welfare of Tibetans living inside Tibet. He
worked in Lhoka and Lhasa to help local Tibetan
farmers and nomads in improving health condition
and made plans for social development. He sought
to get support from people living in western
countries who are interested in the projects.

Tenchoe alias Tenzin Choedak, aged around 23, was
born in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. He came to
India around 1990 and completed his formal
education up to class 11 from the Tibetan
Children's Village in Dharamsala.  In 2005, he
returned to Tibet and associated with an European
NGO working for Red Cross. He dedicate his
efforts in environmental protection projects in
many areas, particularly in Lhasa and Shigatse.

According to the information received by the
Central Tibetan Administration, as of 31 August
2009, about 223 Tibetans died and over 1,294 were
seriously injured since the Chinese authorities
brutally clamped down the peaceful demonstrations
in Tibet since 10 March 2008.  Over 4,657 were
arrested, 371 sentenced and more than 990 have simply disappeared.
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