On May 15, 1995 six year old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet, the second highest lama in Tibetan Buddhism. On May 17, 1995 he was kidnapped by the Chinese government and now remains to be the youngest political prisoner in the world [ more ]
Widely beloved teacher and popular social worker, recognized by the Dalai Lama as reincarnation of Lithang Monastery's senior lama, Trulku Tenzin Delek currently serves life imprisonment at Chuangdong Prison in Dazu District, charged on dubious grounds with involvement in terrorist activities [ more ]
Choeying Khedrub is one of two Tibetan political prisoners serving a life sentence. He is charged with "splittist" activities for distributing pro-independence leaflets within Tibet. Any appeals made to the Chinese court have been rejected, committing him to a lifetime of imprisonment. Choeying's case demonstrates the severe lack of democracy existing within China today. Tibetans cannot even enjoy the freedom of distributing leaflets on the streets within their own country [ more ]
Dolma Kyab (Chinese name: Zhou Shique) was a Tibetan writer and history teacher in Lhasa. He was in his twenties when the PRC detained him on March 2005 and charged him with 'endagnering state security.' He had been working on a book titled, The Restless Himalayas. The topic of the book was Tibet's geography, history and religion. The official charges that were brought against Kyab are unknown to the public. As a result, he was convicted in a closed trial and is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence [ more ]
Bangri Chogtrul Rinpoche is a senior Tibetan Buddhist teacher and a respected social worker. He has been serving a life sentence imposed on him in 1999 on the charge of 'attempting to split the country'. Before his arrest, he had worked to give unfortunate young children a chance to compete in society by setting up a school and that seemed to be the cause of his imprisonment [ more ]
Born and raised in Nagchu county, Dawa Gyaltsen was inspired to protest Chinese re-education policies that were implemented in the local Nagchu Shabten Monastery. Dawa’s younger brother, Tenzin Dorje, is a monk at the monastery where "patriotic education" classes were instituted in 1994. Much of this propagandist "education" involved condemning separatist activities and monks were often forced to denounce His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to destroy religious objects and texts [ more ]
Ngawang Phulchung (b. 1965), a monk belonging to Drepung Monastery, was detained in 1989 and continues to serve a 19-year sentence at Drapchi prison for organizing a "counter-revolutionary clique".
This so-called ‘clique’ has been dubbed the ‘Group of Ten’ and includes 10 Drepung monks who joined forces after being released from an initial detention following pro-independence protests in 1987. All 10 members of the group were arrested in 1989. Charged with "undermining national security" the group received sentencings in a forced public gathering (which included 1500 Tibetans) on November 30th, 1989. Additionally, the public sentencing was broadcast on television, assuring wide dissemination of the message voiced by Chinese authorities: "Let the sentence of Ngawang Phulchung serve as a stern warning for separatists, both at home and abroad, that those who split the motherland will come to no good end" [ more ]