China jails Tibetan octogenarian whose whereabouts is unknown


(, Nov 20) — Paljor Norbu, an 81-year-old man, was detained by the Chinese People’s Armed Police on Oct 31 in Lhasa, reported the International Campaign for Tibet, Washington, DC, Nov 17. The owner of a family printing business in the Bharkor, which has printed and published Buddhist texts for monasteries for some generations, is believed to be undergoing a seven-year jail sentence.

While his whereabouts remain unknown, his business had reportedly been shut down by the Public Security Bureau (the police), which also confiscated many of the wooden printing blocks. His family is desperate to reach him to rush warm clothes and blankets.

His detention is believed to be indicative of police suspicion that he provided publications during the Mar’08 Tibetan uprising.


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