China jails Tibetan monk for 12 years for unspecified separatist actions

Tsangyang Gyatso.
Tsangyang Gyatso.

(, Oct29, 2014) – China has jailed a Tibetan Buddhist monk for 12 years in early Oct 2014 for alleged involvement in separatist activities, said the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala, India, on its website Oct 28.The monk, Tsangyang Gyatso, was the religious chantmaster of Drilda Monastery in Sog (Chinese: Suo) County of Nagchu (Naqu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region.

The monk was reported to have been arrested on Mar 17 from Trido Township, along with three other monks, Tsewang, Atse and Gyaltsen. The specific, alleged separatist activities for which they were arrested remains unknown.

Following the arrests, several monks of Drilda were reported to have appealed for the release of the four monks, but to no avail.


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