Monday 9 May 2011

Monks jailed for protesting land grab by gov’t

(, May04, 2011)  Two monks have been jailed for up to three years in Jomda (Chinese: Jiangda) County of Chamdo Prefecture, Tibet, for having led a protest against government takeover of land attached to their monastery building for some development work, said Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy May 2.

The centre said that following a decision in Dec’09 by the local authorities to takeover a compound of the monastery, monks of Jophu Monastery and local Tibetans staged a protest, insisting that the land should remain with the monastery. Tulku Jangchub, 25, was held in Dec’09 for leading the protest and monk Pesang was held in Jan’11.

Both were sentenced in Mar’11 – Tulku Jangchub to three years and Pesang to two and half years. Pesang was stated to be currently hospitalized, after he was tortured in prison. He was set to be transferred to the Powo Tramo Prison, which is in Nyingtri Prefecture.

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