Tibetan Monk in Failing Health After Early Release from 15-Year Prison Term

Reported by Sangyal Kunchok for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Translated by Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Richard Finney.

A Tibetan monk sentenced to 15 years in prison for protesting Chinese rule in Tibet has been released two years before finishing his sentence, but is reported to be in failing health resulting from harsh treatment behind bars, Tibetan sources say.

Thabgey Gyatso, 46, was released in September after serving 12 years in prison, a Tibetan source living in the region told RFA on Sept. 27.

“But due to harsh treatment in the prison, his vision and overall health have become very weak, so his sudden release from custody is something to be very suspicious of,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He is someone who is very critical of the Chinese government and he also protested inside the prison, for which he was beaten and physically abused.”

“He has now arrived at his home, but everyone is very worried about his health,” he said.

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