Countless numbers of Tibetan political prisoners are currently held in Chinese prisons. Torture of prisoners in Tibet is endemic and is used systemically and routinely by Chinese authorities against Tibetans.

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A-Nya Sengdra, a Tibetan nomad and environmental activist from eastern Tibet arrested and jailed for seven years for his peaceful activism as an environmentalist, community leader, and anti-corruption activist.

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Lhundrub Drakpa, a popular Tibetan singer, was sentenced to six-years in prison in June 2020. He was detained after he released a song about the repression that Tibetans face under China’s occupation. He is at risk of further torture.

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Highly respected primary school teacher serving 15 years. Lhamo Kyab was taken away late at night in 2008 accused of “endangering state security” around the 2008 Tibetan uprising. Lhamo Kyab was held in secret for almost 2 years before being sentenced.

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Bonkho Kyi and 8 others were detained for organizing the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday on July 6, 2015. She was sentenced to seven years in prison.

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Tibetan writer also known as Dhi Lhaden was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Those close to Lhundup suspect that his arrest is linked to his involvement in teaching Tibetan history at a private cultural education centre in Chengdu.

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Lobsang Jamyang represents a new generation of Tibetans who are paying a high price for peaceful expression of views in a political climate in which almost any expression of Tibetan identity or culture can be termed ‘criminal.’ He is currently serving a seven year sentence.

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Bangri Rinpoche
Well respected Tibetan community leader and head of a children’s orphanage. In 1999 he was arrested due to his growing local influence.

Yeshe Choedron

Yeshe Choedron has been in prison since 2008, accused of sending “intelligence” to Tibetans in exile. Her children are currently not allowed to visit her.

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Free Tibetan Heroes is a global campaign highlighting Tibetans who – like so many Tibetans – have risked their own freedom to advocate for the rights of their people and to resist Chinese policies in Tibet. They are true heroes and their actions represent the wishes and aspirations of countless Tibetans living under Chinese rule.



Left to right: Tsering Dolma, Seynam, Drubpa Kyab, Dadul, Sangye Tso and Gangbu Yudrum

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Hero Profiles

Read about some of the Tibetan people imprisoned by the Chinese authorities and take action to help secure their release.


Political Prisoners

Tibetan political prisoners are Tibetans held by Chinese authorities because they have highlighted, opposed, or criticized China’s rule of Tibet.


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International Tibet Network supports the Tibet Movement to develop and strengthen global campaigns. This campaign has been devised by a Campaign Working Group with the following active members: