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Two sentenced in Kardze

February 4, 2009

2 February 2009 [Press Release]

In a series of court trails recently of Tibetans detained for their
involvement in the protest last year in Tibet, more such cases of court
sentencing are slowly reaching the outside world. The latest among such
court trials were from Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) where in January this year,
monk and a nun were sentenced to varying prison terms of four and three
years respectively for staging peaceful protests in Kardze county,
according confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human
Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

Ngawang Lhundup, aged 22 and Kel Nyima (age unknown), both monks of
Kardze Monastery were detained by the Kardze County Public Security
Bureau (PSB) on 9 June 2008 for staging a protest demonstration at the
Kardze County headquarters, Kardze "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture"
('TAP'), Sichuan Province. According to sources, "Ngawang Lhundup was
sentenced to four years' imprisonment term by the Kardze County
Intermediate People's Court in early January this year for his protest
in June last year." There was no information on his whereabouts since
his arrest by the PSB officials until his court sentence in January this
year. The fate of his friend Kel Nyima remains unknown, as there is no
information on his whereabouts and condition.

Ngawang Lhundup was born to Sangay Wangchuk (father) and Yarkong
(mother) in Dhago Village, Dhago Township, Kardze County, Kardze "TAP"
Sichuan Province.

In a separate court trial in January 2009, Pema Lhamo, a nun of Kardze
Gaden Choeling Nunnery was sentenced to three years' imprisonment term
by the same court for her participation in a peaceful protest at Kardze
County on 14 May 2008. She was arrested from the site of the protest
along with six other nuns of the same nunnery and a layperson. There is
no information on the current status and whereabouts of Tibetans who
were also arrested along with Pema Lhamo.

It is not known where the two have been held currently. The sources
confide they were reports of two having transferred to a prison nearby
the provincial capital, Chengdu, to serve their sentence but it cannot
be confirmed as of now because of much restriction on flow of
information and severe monitoring by the authorities.

As the Tibetans all over pledge to skip the upcoming Tibetan New Year
(Losar 25-27 February 2009) to mourn victims of last year's protests in
Tibet, Chinese authorities particularly in Kardze are said to be
deliberately encouraging Tibetans to celebrate the New Year, with
monetary gift of 500 Yuan each to encourage celebrations.

The TCHRD strongly condemns the sentencing of Tibetans who were involved
in peaceful protest to voice their political and religious aspirations
as shared by many other Tibetans inside Tibet and calls for their
immediate release. Over the past year, courts at various levels have
sentenced nearly 200 Tibetans involved in a series of protests to
varying prison terms including life sentence to seven Tibetans.
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