Renowned Tibetan Political Prisoner Sentenced to 18 Years in a Secret Trail
A former Tibetan Political prisoner, well known for leading a protest inside the notorious Drapchi prison in 1995 has been sentenced to 18 years in prison while his wife was handed a two years prison term.
Lodoe Gyatso A.K.A Sogkar Lodoe went missing from Lhasa after he was presumed to be arrested by police authorities for allegedly staging a protest outside the great Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital city of an independent Tibet, on 28 Jan. 2018.
According to local news outlets in exile, Sogkar Lodoe and his wife, Ghakyi were secretly sentenced in 2008 after it was widely presumed that he was arrested by authorities after he was able to stage the protest as planned. However, it was unclear at the time how the protest unfolded and what were his demands.
Ghakyi was sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly filming a short video of her husband that made widespread circulation in Tibet and Tibetan Communities outside Tibet around the time when news of his protest broke out. In the video, Sogkar Lodoe Commits to follow His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s path of non-violence and love for a peaceful world.
Lodoe Gyatso or Sogkar Lodoe has been in and out of prison before. He was first arrested and sentenced to 15 years for a criminal case on 17 Jan. 1993. While in prison, Lodoe met with a number of Tibetan political prisoners as inmates at the notorious Drapchi prison and staged a peaceful protest against the Chinese invasion and its misrule over Tibet, shouted slogans of freedom and peace while distributing around 300 handwritten notes on March 4, 1995.
His case grabbed international attention after local authorities called him to be executed in no less than three days after the protest in Drapchi. However, his death sentence was later commuted to six years in prison with an additional three years of all political rights deprivation after news of his execution sparked international condemnation, including intervention by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and leading Human Rights groups.
Lodoe Gyatso was born in 1962 at Tsatak Township in Sog County and has five sisters and a younger brother. He was a member of Sog County’s traditional dance troop and has previously participated and won in athletics competitions on a county level.