Tibetan prisoner released with disabled leg after forced labour

Ludup under police watch and without access to medical care after release from prison

A Tibetan prisoner named Ludup was released from prison last month with injuries after being made to carry out forced labour during his three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

A source confirmed Tibet Watch: “Ludup’s leg sustained serious damage from the re-education-through-forced labour transformation and his leg is crippled these days. Ludup currently stays at home but he is regularly summoned, interrogated, and given political re-education by Meruma Township police authorities.”

Ludup, 54, was arrested in Ngaba County in June 2020, 12 years after he carried out a protest in front of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba on 16 March in 2008, the year that saw unprecedented spate of freedom protests erupt across Tibet.

The same source told Tibet Watch that the authorities had neither informed his family where and which court oversaw his trial, nor were they given any notice about what he was charged with.

Ludup spent the years 2008 to 2020 hiding from the police, who resorted to publishing a public notice calling the townspeople of Meruma in Ngaba to inform them about Ludup and a few other Kirti monks. The notice described them as having participated in an “illegal protest movement.”

Following his arrest and trial, he served his sentence in Deyang Prison in Huang Xu Town of Deyang City, Sichuan Province.

Ludup on a wanted order issued by the Public Security Bureau of Ngaba Prefecture

Having lost his identity card during his hiding and a new one not yet reissued, he currently faces difficulties in accessing medical care at hospitals.  This is in addition to him being under surveillance and restricted from meeting families and friends even during the Tibetan new year.

54-year-old Ludup (ཀླུ་སྒྲུབ།), known by lay name Rinchen Goedoe (རིན་ཆེན་དགོས་འདོད།), was enrolled at Kirti Monastery at a very young age, and hails from Samsang family (བསམ་བཟང་ཚང་།) in village number four of Meruma Township (རྨེའུ་རུ་མ་རུ་ཆེན་བཞི་པ།) in Ngaba County.

Information supplied by Tibet Watch

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