o l i t i c a l p r i s o n e r s
are just a few of the many Tibetan political prisoners who are unlawfully
detained as a result of their beliefs.
Choekyi Nyima, the fifteen year old 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet.
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Delek Rinpoche, Tibetan monk and community leader who was
sentenced to death in December 2002.
A 28 year old student, Gyap was sentenced in 1995 to 7 years imprisonment
for suspicion of displaying pro-independence posters.
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Phuntsok Nyidrol: A nun from Michungri Nunnery in Tibet, Phuntsok
was first arrested on October 14, 1989, for taking part in a peaceful
pro-independence demonstration in Lhasa. She was sentenced to nine years
imprisonment in the infamous Drapchi Prison. There, in 1993 she recorded
songs with thirteen other nuns describing life in prison and their longing
for freedom. The audiocassette tape was smuggled out of the prison,
and all fourteen nuns were given sentence extensions and subsequently
singled out for particularly harsh abuse. Phuntsok received a sentence
extension of eight years, making her the longest-serving female political
prisoner, with a total sentence of 17 years. Her sentence was reduced
one year in April, 2001, and she was released early on February 26,
2004. She is believed to be residing with her family in Lhasa, though
there is little information on her health.
Sangdrol: A Tibetan Buddhist nun, Ngawang Sangdrol was first detained
in 1990 for demonstrating for a free Tibet, and was imprisoned for "counterrevolutionary
incitement and propaganda" in Lhasa's notorious Drapchi Prison in 1992.
In June 1993 she recorded freedom songs and personal messages on an
audiocassette tape that was smuggled out of the prison; all fourteen
nuns were given sentence extensions and subsequently singled out for
particularly harsh abuse, and became known as the "Drapchi 14". Her
sentence was extended again in 1996 and 1998 for "counterrevolutionary
crimes in prison", the latter apparently as a result of her involvement
in the May 1998 protests at Drapchi prison, and of additional individual
protests. Just prior to reports in spring 2002 which indicated she received
a small sentence reduction, she was serving a 21-22 year sentence, the
longest of any female Tibetan political prisoner.
Sangdrol was released in October 2002 on good behavior, nine years early,
and just days before Jiang Zemin's final state visit to the United States.
She is reportedly still in Lhasa, and her well being is of continued
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But still under house arrest.
Chadrel Rinpoche: The 62 year old former abbot of Tashi Lhunpo monastery,
in Shigatse, Tibet, was detained in May 1995 for his role in the search
for the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama. Held without trial for nearly
two hears, he was found guilty on April 21, 1997, of "seriously jeopardizing
the national unification and unity of ethnic groups, damaging the stability
and development of Tibet, and committing the crime of splitting the
country" and sharing state secrets. He was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment
and 3 years subsequent deprivation of political rights. While held at
Chuandong No. 3 Prison in Sichuan, he was denied all outside contact
and even refused the right of leaving his cell for exercise.
February 2002, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile received reliable reports
that he has been released from prison and was currently being held under
house arrest in Shigatse, Tibet. No further details about his condition
or whereabouts are available.
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Takna Jigme Sangpo: Tibet's longest serving political prisoner,
74 year old Takna Jigme Sangpo was released on March 31, 2002, on medical
parole, after serving the majority of the last 40 years in prison. Released
into house arrest in Lhasa, he was finally permitted to travel to the
U.S., arriving here on July 13, 2002, where he sought preliminary treatment
for his ailments obtained in prison. On August 15, 2002, he arrived
in Switzerland, where he will receive full medical treatment and begin
former schoolteacher, Takna was initially imprisoned for criticizing
Deng Xiao Ping, and his sentence had been extended for his defiance
in prison. While in Drapchi, he shouted pro-independence slogans during
a Swiss delegation's visit to the prison in 1991, resulting in his sentence
being extended an additional 28 years. After years of intense international
pressure, Takna's release came eight years before the expiration of
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Ngawang Choephel: A 32 year old musician and Fulbright Scholar,
Ngawang Choephel was released from prison on medical parole, arriving
in the U.S. on January 20, 2002. His release came after years of international
lobbying on his behalf.
Tibetan exile raised in South India, Ngawang studied ethnomusicology
at Middlebury College in Vermont from 1993-1994. He returned to Tibet
to document traditional Tibetan music and dance. He was detained in
Shigatse in September 1995, and was sentenced in the fall of 1996 to
18 years in prison. His alleged crime was for gathering "sensitive intelligence"
and engaging in "separatist activities" while conducting field research
as an ethnomusicologist. During his time in prison he was reportedly
dazed and in poor health. At the time of his release, Choephel had served
over six years of his sentence.
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