Five Tibetans jailed for up to 9 years for role in uprising protests


(Tibetan, Nov 8, Delhi) — Five Tibetans have been sentenced to jail terms from 3 to 9 year by the Intermediate People’s Court of Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) prefecture, Sichuan Province, from Oct 28 to 30, reported Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) Nov 6. They were charged with “endangering state security” or “disrupting public order and other crimes” for having taken part in protests and related actions on Mar 18 and 26.

Sherab Sangpo, 26, a monk of Dongthog Monastery received 6 years for having raised a Tibetan national flag during a Mar 26 protest in Kardze. His whereabouts remained unknown until his trial and sentence on Oct 29. Also, a man named Loga was given three years for involvement in the same protest.

Ngoega, 53, of Serchu Village, and Norbu Tsering, 49, of Drukhang Village in Kardze County, were sentenced to 8 and 9-year jail terms. Respectively, for “endangering state security” after they took part in a protest rally on Mar 18 at the county headquarters. Norbu’s whereabouts had remained unknown from the time of his arrest until he was tried.

The report said a fifth Tibetan, from Sertha County, whose identity could not be ascertained, was also sentenced on Oct 28, although detail were not yet available.

TCHRD said hundreds of Tibetans were still being held without charge while at least 105 had been tried and sentenced across the Tibetan Plateau for involvement in protests since Mar 10, 2008.


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