(TibetanReview.net, Feb11, 2018) – A Tibetan monk who had visited his family in Tibet on a Chinese government permit but disappeared a month after being arrested there for no known reason has now been found to be serving a six-year jail sentence. The monk, Tashi Choeying, was enrolled at the Ganden Jangtse monastic college in South India. He vanished after being taken away by Chinese police on Nov 21, 2016 from his native place in Tawu (Chinese: Daofu) County of Sichuan Province, reported the Tibetan Service of rfa.org Feb 9, citing an exile Tibetan with local contacts.
The monk’s family had no information on the reason for his arrest, his condition and whereabouts until the end of 2017. A Tibetan released from prison in Dartsedo (Kangding) County of Sichuan Province took the trouble to reach the monk’s family to inform them that he has being held in that prison.
The family was also told by him that Choeying, 37, had been given a six-year jail sentence n Nov 21, 2017, convicted on an unknown charge.
People who knew Choeying are said to speculate that he was arrested and jailed apparently for having spoken to the media about the self-immolation protests in Tawu and other Tibetan areas while he lived in India.
Choeying was a monk at Tawu’s Nyitso Monastery before he travelled to India.