Four more jailed in Karze, including two nuns to 9-10 years


(, Feb 20) — Two nuns of Pangri Na Nunnery in Kardze County of Sichuan Province were sentenced to 9-10 year prison terms for taking part in a peaceful demonstration on May 14, 2008 while two young men were jailed for three years each for taking part in a peaceful demonstration on Mar 18, 2008 in two separate trials, reported Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) Feb 19.

Nuns Soe Lhatso, 35, jailed for ten years, and Bhumo, 36, given nine years, were among a group of 55 nuns from the same nunnery who took part in the demonstration in front of the County government headquarters. The centre did not know when they were sentenced, but said they were being held at Trimon, located about 140 Km from the provincial capital Chengdu.

The centre said that while 12-13 nuns, all important officials of the nunnery, were still in detention, the others had been released over the period of Sep 15-17, 2008.

The two young men sentenced were named as Ngawang Tashi, 18, of Jesungda Village and Dorjee Tashi, 18, of Jhelingda Village. The centre did not know the date of their sentencing or where they were being held.


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