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Monk sentenced to three years prison term

December 21, 2010

TCHRD Press Release

20 December 2010, Dharamshala

Contact: Ms. Tenzin Norkyi (English) / Mr. Jampel Monlam (Tibetan, Chinese)

Tel: +91 1892 223363, 229225, 225874

Kanlho Intermediate People?s Court sentenced Sungrab Gyatso, a monk of
Mu-ra Monastery to three years prison term on 16 December 2010;
according to information received at Tibetan Center for Human Rights and
Democracy (TCHRD).

Sungrab Gyatso was first arrested on 17 March 2008 from Machu County and
was released after few days. On 18 May 2008 he was arrested again from
Machu County but released. The last arrest was done on 25 March 2010
from Machu County and has been in prison till now.

The authorities accused him to be the leader of the peaceful protest by
the students in Machu County in March 2010.

Sungrab Gyatso, age 34, born in Mu-ra region, is a monk of Mu-ra
Monastery in Machu County, Kanlho Prefecture ?Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture? ?(TAP)? Kansu. He is the editor of Rewa-kang-lam (Tib
translation: March of Hope) magazine, also a member of the
Bod-amae-rangke-larso-tsokpa (tib trans: mother-tongue restoration)
association. He is also a teacher at the Tsa-thang bod yig yig-mo
sel-wae lobdae (tib trans: Eliminating the ignorance of Tibetan language
in Tsathang) school.
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