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Two Monks of Kirti Monastery Get 3 Years Imprisonment

August 3, 2011

Thursday, 21 July 2011

DHARAMSHALA: The Chinese government has handed down a sentence of
three-year imprisonment against two monks of Kirti monastery who on
21 April this year rallied round fellow monks to stop the Chinese
police from arresting over 300 monks during a raid at the
monastery.

Two elderly Tibetans were beaten to death by the police as they
resisted the mass arrest of monks at Kirti Monastery on the night
of 21 April. The monastery at that time was placed under military
blockade after Phuntsog, a 21-year-old monk, self-immolated on 16
March in protest against the Chinese government's brutal crackdown
on the peaceful Tibetan protesters which shook Tibet in 2008.
The two monks, Lobsang Khedup and Lobsang Gyatso, were sentenced to
three years imprisonment term each on 15 July 2011, reported the
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, a human rights watch
dog based in Dharamsala.

“The charges against both also remain unclear at the time though
the reason that led to their arrest is apparent. On 21 April 2011,
when the Chinese police arrested a large number of monks from the
monastery, these two monks, along with many other monks, assembled
in the monastery requesting not to arrest the monks or else arrest
them too,” TCHRD said.

“Both monks remained incommunicado for nearly two months and no
information was known, except it was heard that they both were
somewhere in Moawan County,” it said.

They are now locked up in a prison in Mein-Yang area in China's
Sichuan Province, it said.
Lobsang Khedup, aged around 36, was arrested on 4 May 2011 from
Kirti Monastery. Son of Thoelee (father), he belongs to Thoelee-
Tsang (home) and hails from Lower Chookleh Village, Ngaba. He began
his study at the Kirti Monastery at an early age, after being
ordained and has attained high level of Buddhist studies. While
continuing with his studies, he also tutors younger students at the
monastery.

Lobsang Gyatso (39) is from Upper Chookleh Village, Ngaba, and is
son of Gyakyap (father). He was arrested on 9 May 2011.

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