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Yonten Gyatso
Yonten Gyatso

37-year-old senior monk Yonten Gyatso was arrested in October 2011 for sharing information about protests inside Tibet.

Yonten Gyatso was detained at a military camp for sharing information about Tenzin Wangmo, a nun who set herself on fire on 17 October 2011.

He was initially detained at Ngaba county military camp, and then transferred to a prison in Tridu city. In prison, he was brutally tortured and kept in a dark room.

Jailed for email

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for simply emailing information about events in Tibet to the outside world.

He was also accused of attempting to share information by making telephone calls to United Nations' human rights offices.

Yonten Gyatso was a member of the Democratic Management Committee at Khashi monastery. He also taught Tibetan to local primary school children and worked tirelessly to preserve Tibetan Buddhism, culture and language. 

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