23 C
New Delhi
Friday, February 26, 2021

15-year Tibet political prisoner dead due to torture

Former social activist Tenzin Choedak died while still serving his prison sentence in Lhasa.
Former social activist Tenzin Choedak died while still serving his prison sentence in Lhasa.

(TibetanReview.net, Dec07, 2014) – A Tibetan political prisoner undergoing a 15-year jail sentence since 2008 in Tibet’s capital Lhasa has died on Dec 5, two days after his medical parole, due to severe torture and beating during his detention, said Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Dec 6. The report said Tenzin Choedak, 32, was previously known to have incurred injury to his brain and to be vomiting blood, although the immediate cause of his death is unclear. He was yet to complete six years of his long sentence but delivered to his family apparently due to the seriousness of his physical condition.

Chinese police arrested Tenzin Choedak in Apr 2008, accusing him of being a ringleader of the large-scale protests which had taken place in Lhasa the month before. The Chinese were said to have tortured and beaten him severely and repeatedly for having allegedly acted on the instigation of his father who had fled to India in 1993 after being involved in political protest activities. The Lhasa City court later jailed him for 15 years and also imposed on him a fine of 10,000 yuan.

He was serving his jail sentence in Chushur Prison in the outskirts of Lhasa when the Chinese delivered him to his family.

Tenzin Choedak had previously escaped to India in 1990 and joined the upper TCV school at Dharamshala, India. He studied up to the 10th grade and in 2005 returned to Tibet. There he joined a European NGO affiliated to the Red Cross Society and worked on environmental protection projects in Lhasa and Shigatse.

Related Articles

Brutalized Tibetan political prisoner dies after transfer to hospital without his family’s knowledge

(TibetanReview.net, Feb17’21) – A Tibetan political prisoner has died in hospital in Tibet’s capital Lhasa on Feb 6, less than three months...

China’s Panchen says Tibetans owe their happiness to Beijing, it’s not a gift of nature

(TibetanReview.net, Feb12’21) – "A glorious time and a happy homeland is not a gift from nature. We should remain grateful for our...

China closes temples in Lhasa ahead of sensitive events on Covid-19 pretext

(TibetanReview.net, Feb11’21) – China routinely imposes unannounced new restrictions in Tibet’s capital Lhasa ahead of February and March each year when Tibetans...

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

6,190FansLike
705FollowersFollow
7,109FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

After US State Department and Canadian House of Commons, Dutch Parliament declares China’s atrocities in Xinjiang genocide

(TibetanReview.net, Feb26’21) – After the US State Department and Canada’s House of Commons, the Netherlands has become the first European country whose...

Global Covid-19 death toll crosses 2.5 million, reported Tibetan cases touch 1,540

(TibetanReview.net, Feb26’21) – Reported worldwide death toll from Covid-19 has now topped the 2.5 million mark, with half of them having occurred...

China calls UN rights forum criticism of its abysmal record interference in its internal affairs

(TibetanReview.net, Feb25’21) – Several countries have on Feb 24 criticized the deteriorating human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China, including...

India reports sharpest daily rise in Covid-19 cases since Jan 29

(TibetanReview.net, Feb25’21) – Amid fears that it may be headed for second wave of Covid-19 infections, India has reported rather sharp increases...

China says Sichuan-Tibet Railway is a border defence project

(TibetanReview.net, Feb24’21) – China has for the first time made it clear that its geologically highly challenging Sichuan-Tibet Railway, which will run...