Tibetan Monk released after Nine Years in Jail for Protest in 2008


A Tibetan monk was released by authorities in western Qinghai Province after serving nine years in prison for alleged role as a ring leader at a mass protest in 2008.

Choktrin Gyatso Pic. source: TCHRD

Choktrin Gyatso, a monk was released by the authorities on 15 April, 2017 after serving more than nine years at a Chinese prison in Siling (Ch: Xining) city, capital of Qinghai Province. In a calculated move by the Chinese authorities to quell the grandeur of a home-coming for the returning hero, he was released at a time so he would reach his home late, at midnight. Moreover, his family was instructed not to hype and broadcast his release.

According to reports, Choktrin Gyatso was arrested in April 2008 along with some other monks including Khedup Gyatso and  Tsulsang Gyatso from Tsang Monastery in Malho (Ch: Henan) Mongol (Tib: Sogpo) Autonomous County in Malho (Ch: Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. They were charged with participating and spearheading the protest that’s rocked Malho County. Tsulsang Gyatso was handed a nine year jail term while Choktrin Gyatso and Khedup Gyatso were slapped with a sentence of ten years in prison. However, Choktrin Gyatso’s release followed the release of his two other colleagues in March, 2016.

Choktrin Gyatso, 44, son of late Mr. Lobe and Mrs. Tsering Dolma, native of camp no. 5 of Jomo nomadic camp in Tsang Arig in Malho Sogpo Autonomous County. He travelled to India in 2002 and studied at Sera Jey Monastery in South India for three years before returning to Tibet.

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