Yeshe Choedron

Yeshe Choedron ཡེ་ཤེས་ཆོས་སྒྲོན་

a retired medical doctor, was arrested in March 2008 and accused of providing “information harmful to the security and interests of the state” to “the Dalai clique

Yeshe Choedron, a retired medical doctor, was detained in March 2008 after protests broke out in Lhasa on 14 March.

On 7 November 2008, the Lhasa People’s Intermediate Court sentenced Yeshe Choedron to 15 years’ imprisonment for allegedly providing “intelligence and information harmful to the security and interests of the state” to “the Dalai clique’s security department”. No more details are known, other than that her case related to the Lhasa protests of March 2008.

The Lhasa Evening News, a government run newspaper, reported that the court convicted Yeshe Choedron of “espionage” (Criminal Law, Art. 110), and claimed that the Tibetan Government in Exile had “assigned” her a task and provided her with “financial aid.”

Tibetan sources who know Yeshe Choedron report that Yeshe Choedron has not been able to see her children since her sentencing.

According to the Dui Hua Political Prisoner Database, Yeshe Choedron is imprisoned in TAR (Drapchi) Prison in Lhasa.

Yeshe Choedron’s status is also monitored by the Executive Commission On China.

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Key Facts

Age: 57 at detention
Summary: Yeshe Choedron, a retired medical doctor, was arrested in March 2008 and accused of providing “intelligence and information harmful to the security and interests of the state” to “the Dalai clique’s security department.”
Charge: “espionage”
Sentence: 15 years
Prison: TAR Prison (Drapchi)
Status: She is known to be in very poor health and has been denied visits by her children since arrest.