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A Tibetan Political Prisoner's Life Under Threat: Report

January 5, 2011

Friday, 31 December 2010 13:09 Tibetan Official Media: Tibet Net

Dharamshala: A Tibetan political prisoner named Jigme Gyatso serving a
17-year long prison sentence in Chushul prison near Tibet's capital
Lhasa is in critical health condition due to severe torture, according
to a report received by the Central Tibetan Administration.

In 1996, the Intermediate People's Court in Lhasa levelled alleged
charges of counter revolutionary activities against Jigme Gyatso along
with a group of Tibetan residents of Lhasa. Jigme Gyatso was
subsequently locked up in Drachi prison to serve a 15 year jail term
with hard labour.

While in prison, Jigme raised slogans of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
long life which resulted in a 2-year extension of his incarceration.
Nevertheless, he remained firm in his resolve for which he was severely
tortured and beaten up rendering him physically very weak.

The severe beatings continued after he was shifted from Drapchi to
Chusul prison and presently his survival is on stake due to the
debilitating health condition.

Jigme was born in 1961 in Sangchu in Tibet's Amdo Province.

He used to live in Lhasa before the arrest and his mother passed away
two years after he was arrested.

He was one of the first Tibetans who worked for the just cause of Tibet
in Sanghcu, Ladrang in Amdo Province. During his stay in Lhasa he joined
Tibetan friends and dedicated sincere efforts in number of activities
for Tibet.

Notwithstanding physical weakness caused by beatings under the Chinese
government's captivity, many Tibetans like Jigme have kept up their
spirit of determination and courage to brave the repression.

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