China arrest Tibetan monk on a visit to Tibet
An exiled Tibetan monk from India was arrested and later sentenced to six years in a Chinese prison in Tibet for reasons not known to his relatives and friends inside and outside Tibet.
Tashi Choeying, a monk of Gaden Monastery in southern Indian state of Karnataka has been reported to have been imprisoned and currently serving his prison term of six years in Dartsedo Prison (Ch: Kangding), capital of Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), Sichuan Province.
He was initially arrested on November 21, 2016, a month into his visit to Tibet however, no information was provided to his family regarding where he was taken and for what crime he was arrested. It was later known that he was imprisoned at Datsedo prison after an inmate from the same prison was released and his family informed about his current location. He was sentenced to six years’ prison term by a Chinese court on 21 Nov. 2017, a year after he was arbitrarily arrested by security forces.
Born in Tau Township in Tehor region in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham in 1981, Tashi is the youngest among seven siblings of five boys and two daughters born to (father) Dorje Tsering and (mother) Palmo. Tashi Choeying was enrolled in Nyatso Monastery in Tau Township at a young age and later, in 1998, he came into exile in India and enrolled in Gaden Monastery, one of the biggest monastic institutions in India.