Former Political Prisoner Passes Away After Years of Battling Injuries Sustained During Detention
Former Tibetan political prisoner passed away after battling prolonged health complications sustained during his time in Chinese Custody.
Shonu Palden, 41, succumbed to ill health in Machu County Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo after years of prolonged treatment for torture-related injuries inflicted upon him during his time in detention. He passed away on the way to hospital on 30 September.
The former political prisoner was arbitrary arrested from a tea house by a number of armed forces and taken into custody on June 18, 2012. At the time of his arrest, his family and relatives were uninformed of the crime under which he was detained. However, following a visit by a large group of his relatives and family members to the local police station, it was confirmed by an higher official that Mr Shonu Palden was being detained for leading a protest at Bhelpan (Ch: Awangcan) Township in 2008.
Contrary to the affirmation by the local authority, Shonu Pladen was detained for more than two and a half months, undergoing severe beating and torture. He was later sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. However, Mr. Palden was denied proper medical care in prison for the injuries he suffered during the incommunicado detention was later released on July 24, 2013 before the completion of his prison term with multiple health complications.
He was later released after a little over a year into his actual prison term as chances of his survival diminished. Since his release, he had undergone two massive surgeries yet his condition remained critical as he suffered from blocked arteries, weak eyesight, and breathing and hearing problems.
As news of his health and his treatment at the hands of the Local authorities travelled to the outside world, his family members were subsequently targeted, harassed and intimidated by Local authorities. One of his daughters was denied school admission for being his daughter and to punish her father.
Mr Shonu Palden is survived by his wife and their three children: daughters Namgyal Dolma, 10, and Tashi Dolma, 5 and son Tenzin Kunkyab, 8.