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Tibetan monk found guilty of keeping “politically sensitive” content

Tenzin Dargye remains in detention after more than a year following his arrest

Tenzin Dargye was found guilty of keeping “politically sensitive” content on his phone.

Tibet Watch has learned that Tenzin Dargye, a Tibetan monk in his 30s from Warong Monastery, was arrested by Chinese authorities in September 2020. He was allegedly found with pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other information on his mobile phone that labelled “politically sensitive” by the Chinese government. He holds a WeChat account under the name, Follower of Dalai (Tib: ཏཱ་ལའི་རྗེས་འབྲང་)

Tenzin Dargye

Tenzin Dargye

Tenzin Dargye is currently being held in Sershul County Detention Centre. More than a year of arbitrary detention, compounded by lack of information about his health, has left his family in a protracted uncertainty and caused deep worry There are also unconfirmed reports of some Tibetan monks being arrested from the same region. However, a source explained that severe communication restrictions in the region are causing immense difficulty in corroborating further detailed information.

Dargye is from Warong Monastery. It has around 250 monks and is located in Sershul (Ch:Shiqu) County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, which is governed as part of Sichuan Province.

Information supplied by Tibet Watch


For Tibetans, the fear of becoming a political prisoner and being arbitrarily detained is an everyday reality. In August 2021, Rinchen Kyi, a Tibetan school teacher, became a political prisoner when she was taken from her home by Chinese authorities.

Since her arrest, Rinchen Kyi has effectively disappeared. No information has been shared to indicate her whereabouts or wellbeing, not even with her 13-year-old daughter.
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