Tibetan Mother Released After Four Years in Prison


A Tibetan mother who was jailed for four years in connection with a self-immolation protest was released from Mainyang prison, located near Chengdu earlier this year on April 5.

Tseden Kyi, 32, was welcomed by her family members and more than 200 people from her locality, Choejema Township in Ngaba (Ch:Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the traditional Tibetan province of Amdo.

According to reports in exile, Kyi was jailed for connections with self-immolation of a monk named Lobsang Gendun on 3 December 2017. She tried to protect the lifeless body of Gendun from the local security forces after the latter burnt himself to death in protest against the Chinese rule. Kyi, with some other Tibetans present at the scene broke into a brief tussle with the security, at the time she shouted “Freedom in Tibet!” and “Return of Dalai Lama to Tibet!” while holding on to the dead body.

“Kyi served the first year of her sentence in the prison hospital due to poor health. Although details are not available, it appears that she was treated for the injuries she sustained during the pretrial detention.” Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) reported on its website.” When Kyi was about to complete her term, prison authorities demanded that she returned 13000 yuan that was spent on treating her in the prison hospital. Kyi has so far refused to pay the amount” the report added.

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