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Released Tibetan in Poor Health

October 31, 2010

Radio Free Asia (RFA)
October 29, 2010

A horseman shoots an arrow as part of a
performance at the Lithang Horse Festival, Aug. 1, 2006.

A Tibetan monk detained by Chinese authorities
for a three-year period was tortured in jail and
is in poor health, according to Tibetan sources.

Jamyang Tenzin was detained in October 2007 for
resisting a political re-education campaign at
his monastery following protests at a
horse-racing festival in Lithang, in the Kardze
(in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
in western China’s Sichuan province.

He was originally scheduled for release in August
but was released only on Oct. 8, after refusing
to “sign documents” or to accept Chinese
conditions for his release, said Lobsang Dawa
Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk living in India and citing contacts in Tibet.

"The Tibetan public planned to host a grand
reception for him, but the Chinese authorities
forbade any kind of gathering and threatened to
send Jamyang Tenzin back to prison if any
reception were held,” Lobsang Dawa said.

When Jamyang Tenzin’s family escorted him from
prison following his release, they discovered he
suffers from kidney and stomach ailments, Lobsang
Dawa added. “They took him to a hospital in [the
provincial capital] Chengdu, but his health is not good,” he said.

Beatings in jail

Adruk Tseten, a Tibetan living in India and
citing his own sources in Tibet, confirmed the account.

"Due to severe torture and beatings while in
jail, [Jamyang Tenzin’s] health is very poor," he
said. "He has developed kidney problems and
suffers from other internal damage.”

"Jamyang Tenzin used to be very expressive before
going to jail," Adruk Tseten said.  "But after
his release on Oct. 8, he avoids meeting or
talking to people, and holds himself aloof from others.”

"His family took him to a hospital in Chengdu
twice for treatment, but now he is in the local hospital in Lithang."

Lithang is the site of a traditional horse-racing
festival that was closed following a week-long
standoff between local Tibetans and police there
in August 2007, and has been banned ever since.

At the 2007 festival, a Tibetan nomad, Ronggyal
Adrak, grabbed a microphone from a Chinese
official and made a speech in support of exiled
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

He was immediately taken into custody and was
later sentenced to an eight-year prison term for
seeking to "split the country and subvert state power.”

Reported by Rigdhen Dolma for RFA’s Tibetan service.
Translations by Karma Dorjee. Written in English by Richard Finney.
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