Long-time Tibetan Political Prisoner Palden Gyatso Passes Away
Gu- Chu-Sum Movement Association of Tibet expresses deepest condolences on the passing of Palden Gyatso – prominent Tibetan freedom activist, long-term political prisoner, writer, and indomitable fighter for the freedom of Tibet.
Imprisoned for 33 years in Chinese prison for being an opponent of the Chinese occupation in Tibet and a witness of many years under Chinese confinement, Palden Gyatso passed away today i.e. November 30, 2018, in the wee hours after a lengthy illness.
The demise of Palden Gyatso is a great loss not only for his family and friends but for Tibet and its greater struggle for self-determination and freedom.
For the global Tibetan community, Palden Gyatso is a stellar example of commitment to Tibet and the struggle of Tibetan people: despite the tortures in prison that caused irreversible damage to his health during his 33 years spent in harsh communist camps for his actions during the Chinese invasion of Tibet, always remained true to his ideals and acted likewise even after his escape from Tibet. Along with other political prisoners, Palden Gyatso was the subject of numerous appeals for freedom to governments worldwide and international human rights organizations.
His tireless contribution for the Tibetan struggle was recognized with various awards, and honours. In 1995 he was heard by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. In 1998, he won the John Humphrey Freedom Award from the Canadian human rights group Rights & Democracy. In 2009 he spoke at the inaugural Oslo Freedom Forum.
Palden’s autobiography, Fire Under the Snow: True Story of a Tibetan Monk, was published in 1997. The book, authored by Tsering Shakya, enabled a wider audience to experience the brutal treatment Tibetans inside Tibet have been subjected to and it drew rave reviews. The organisation in entirety shares the painful grief of the family and all close friends of Palden Gyatso, and prays for the repose of his soul.
May he be born again in the land of Dharma, and be born a roaring snow lion!!