- Charge: Inciting "splittism"
Sentence: Life sentence, reduced to a term of 20 years; Expected release date not known - not before 2022
- Charge: Linked to their writings or unknown
Sentence: Between four and ten years imprisonment
- Charge: "Provocation to subvert state power"
Sentence: Eight years in prison; Expected release date 2015
- Charge: "Principal culprit" in murder charge.
Sentence: Death; commuted to 20 Years. Expected release date April 2013
- Charge: "Subversion of State Power"
Sentence: Six years; Expected release date 2014
- Charge: 'Splittism'
- Charge: Suspicion of "Inciting Separatism"
Sentence: Seven years; Expected release date 2015
- Charge: "Engaged in splittist activities"
Sentence: Five Years. Expected release date 2013
- Charge: "Attempting to split the country"
Sentence: Life; commuted to 18 Years. Expected release date July 2021
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Dhondup Wangchen has spent over 5 years in prison for the making of the groundbreaking film Leaving Fear Behind, which gives the viewer a rare glimpse into the reality of Tibetans living under Chinese occupation.
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There are extremely serious concerns about the status of a Tibetan man named Dolma Kyab, age 32. He was sentenced to death in August 2013 after being accused of murdering his wife, Kunchok Wangmo, who is reported to have died after she set herself on fire in protest against China’s rule of Tibet. Chinese media reported that Dolma Kyab “burned the body because he believed an apparent self-immolation would help him cover up the crime” (ICT).
However, exile Tibetan sources report that Kunchok Wangmo set herself on fire on the eve of Xi Jinping’s formal selection as the new President of China to protest Chinese rule in Tibet and to call for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet (Phayul). Dolma Kyab was reportedly tortured prior to his “secret” trial, during which he declared his innocence. His current status and welfare are not known. Kyab has become the first Tibetan sentenced to death in connection with self-immolation protests (TCHRD).
Khenpo Kartse (Karma Tsewang), a popular and respected Tibetan Buddhist abbot, was arrested in Chengdu in December 2013. He has been accused of “anti-state activities” and may face criminal charges relating to ‘endangering state security’.
Khenpo Kartse, age 38, is said to be seriously ill in prison with a liver condition. His lawyer has not been allowed access to him. Thousands of Tibetans have campaigned for his release through peaceful sit-in protests and vigils. 16 monks from Japa Monastery who were arrested in connection with Khenpo Kartse have all been released.
In early February 2014, a huge crowd of Tibetans gathered to push for the release of popular Tibetan lama Khenpo Kartse at a prayer festival in Nangchen, Kham (ICT). Monks with white headbands held hand-made banners in Tibetan and Chinese with messages including: ‘Please release Khenpo Kartse’ and ‘Understand the difficulties of students separated from their teacher’. Watch a video here from VOA Tibetan.
Tibetan Political Prisoners
Tibetan political prisoners are Tibetans held by Chinese authorities because they have highlighted, opposed, or criticized China’s rule of Tibet. There are over 850* documented Tibetan political prisoners but numerous more are ‘disappeared’ and held by Chinese authorities in unknown prisons and detention centers.
TCHRD‘s 2013 Annual Report includes interviews with Tibetan former political prisoners and a table of known information from their political prisoner database. In 2011 alone there were over 230 known cases of Tibetans who have been arrested and detained.