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Tibetan monk sentenced to three years term for "inciting masses"

February 4, 2008

TCHRD/Press Release
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Press Release: TCHRD/Eng/PR/214/2008
Date: 2 February 2007

Khenpo Jinpa, a monk from Chogtsang Talung Monastery in Serthar County,
Kardze "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture" ("TAP"), Sichuan, has been
sentenced to three years prison term by the Kardze People's Intermediate
Court on 16 July 2007, according to confirm information received by the
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). He was charged of
endangering the state security by "anti-government propaganda and
incitement of masses".

On 8 August 2005, political leaflets calling for Tibetan independence
and the Dalai Lama's long life were in distribution at the Serthar
County festival ground. The Public Security Bureau (PSB) upon
investigation into the incident suspected Khenpo Jinpa of carrying the
activity. On 23 August 2006, three PSB officers arrived at Chogtsang
Talung monastery and took him away to a detention centre in Dartsedo
County. Three days later ten vehicles full of PSB officers arrived at
the monastery. The officers broke the lock at Khenpo Jinpa's room and
went on a rampage looking for evidence.

In the morning of 4 November 2006, the PSB brought Khenpo Jinpa to the
location of the alleged crime in Serthar County and took pictures of the
scene. Earlier some individuals suspected of working with him were also
briefly detained for ten to fifteen days for interrogations.
Subsequently on 16 July 2007 Kardze People's Intermediate Court
sentenced him to three years' imprisonment term. He was later
transferred to a prison (Tib: Ra-nga-kha Prison) in Dartsedo County,
Kardze "TAP" and continues to be imprisoned there till date.

Khenpo Jinpa, 37 years old, was born to a nomadic family in Donchen
Village, Dartse Township, Serthar County. He was ordained as a monk at
the Chogtsang Talung Monastery at a young age. In 1992 he joined the
Serthar Buddhist Institute in Larung Valley where he studied and
mastered the Buddhist text. Eight years later he returned to his
original monastery and undertook the responsibility as the abbot of the
Chogtsang Talung Monastery. The monastery has an enrollment of about a
thousand monks.

In the summer and autumn of 2001, hundreds of monks' huts at the Serthar
Buddhist Institute were destroyed by the People's Armed Police and a
ceiling of thousand monks was imposed against the total enrollment of
about ten thousand. The then Chief Abbot of the institute, Khenpo Jigme
Phuntsok, was held in incommunicado detention for a year. Khenpo died
under mysterious circumstances in January 2004.
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