Monk and nun jailed for last year’s protests, fellow protesters’ fates unknown


(, Feb 5) – A monks and a nun were sentenced to jail terms of up to four year in separate trials in Jan ’09 after being arrested for staging protests in May and June last year, reported Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) Feb 2. It said there was no information on the others who were arrested with the monk and the nun.

Ngawang Lhundup, 22, was arrested with fellow Karze monastery monk Kel Nyima on Jun 9, 2008 while staging a protest at the Karze County headquarters in Sichuan Province. Ngawang was jailed for four years in early Jan’09. The fate of Kel remains unknown. Ngawang belongs to Draggo Village in Draggo Town of Karze County and his mother Yarkong still lives there.

Pema Lhamo, a nun of Karze Gaden Choeling Nunnery, was held while staging a protest at Karze County on May 14 2008 with six other fellow-nuns and a layperson. While she was given a three-year jail term, the fate of the others remain unknown.

It was not known where Ngawang and Pema were being held. Even before sentencing, their families did not know their whereabouts.


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