Tibetan Monk Imprisoned for Sharing Dalai Lama Pictures Released
A Tibetan monk sentenced to two years for sharing pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on social media was released after serving his prison term earlier this month.
Gomar Choephel, a monk from Rongwo monastery in Rebkong was released in the second week of July from Haomen prison in Semnyi (Ch: Menyuan) Hui Autonomous County, Tsojang (Ch: Haibei) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. Upon his release, many monks from his monastery and his relatives came to receive him outside the prison. However, the authorities there did not allow them to take pictures of his release.
According to a TCHRD report, Gomar Choephel, 48, was arbitrarily detained by the Chinese authorities on July 10, 2015 from his monastery after his room was ransacked and searched. During the search Chinese authorities came across pictures of the Dalai Lama (banned in Tibet) in his keeping. He was later sentenced to two years under the charges of “threatening social stability” and “engaging in separatist activities” following seven months of secret detention.
Gomar Choephel was born in Gomar Village in Nyenthog (Ch: Nianduhu) Township in Rebkong Countyin the traditional Tibetan province of Amdo. He became monk at a young age and joined the Thoesam Norling College at Rongwo Monastery.