Tibetan Self-immolation Protester Released after Five years in Chinese Prison

 

A young Tibetan monk who was imprisoned to five years in prison following his self-immolation protest against the Chinese misrule in Tibet was released earlier this month.

An undated image of Lobsang Gyatso.

Lobsang Gyatso, 24, a monk belonging to Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, in the traditional Tibetan province of Amdo was released on May 10 after completing his five year term in Chinese prison for staging a self-immolation protest which he survived. He reached his home in Ngaba around midnight the same day.

Gyatso staged his self-immolation protest in the Ngaba county seat in the Ngaba (Ch.: Aba) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture on Feb. 13, 2012. Aged just nineteen at the time, he shouted for freedom in Tibet while his body blazed. However, security officials present nearby extinguished the flame in no time, beating Gyatso while dousing the flame consuming his body.

A Radio Free Asia report cited a source as saying, “He (Gyatso) was subjected to extreme torture and harassment during the five years and three months he was held in custody.”

However, due to heightened surveillance on information flow to outside the region and restrictions on movement of Tibetans, further details about Lobsang Gyatso and his current health condition is not available at the time.

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