Details emerge of three monks arrested in eastern Tibet

Thupba, who was arrested in late 2017
Thupba, who was arrested in late 2017
Thupba, who was arrested in late 2017
15th August 2019

Thubpa, Lobsang Thamkhe and Lobsang Dorjee were arrested between 2017 and 2019. Their current locations are unknown.

Free Tibet has learned of the detention of three Tibetan monks in eastern Tibet during the past three years. The monks, one of whom has since been tried and imprisoned, are all being held in undisclosed locations. 

Thubpa, 32, a monk affiliated with the Trotsik Monastery in Ngaba County, was taken into custody at midnight in late 2017. Neither his current location nor the rationale behind his arrest have been revealed. He had previously served a year and a half sentence due to allegations of him burning the Chinese flag during a protest on 16th March, 2008. According to sources, his father had also been arrested due to accusations of his involvement in the uprising on 16th March 2011.

Lobsang Thamkhe, aged around 37 and a former monk at Kirti Monastery, was arbitrarily arrested last year. The Chinese courts sentenced him to four years in prison on 31st July, 2019. However, his whereabouts and the grounds of his arrest have still not been disclosed. Thamkhe was enrolled in Kirti Monastery at an early age and graduated from the monastery’s Young Buddhist School. The monastic school was later forcefully shut down. He had gone onto continue his higher studies of Buddhist scriptures until his arrest.

Lobsang Dorjee, who was arrested in August 2018
Lobsang Dorjee, who was arrested in August 2018
Lobsang Thamkhe, arrested in August 2018
Lobsang Thamkhe, arrested in August 2018

 

Lobsang Dorjee, aged around 36 and also a former monk in Kirti Monastery, was detained in the middle of the night during August last year. The full details of his arrest and whereabouts have still have not been disclosed. Dorjee had previously been arrested and had served a three years sentence for a protest he was involved in 2011.

Information supplied by Tibet Watch

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Free Tibet is currently campaigning for the release of two other political prisoners. In late April, Wangchen, a 20 year old from eastern Tibet, gathered with friends to commemorate the Panchen Lama’s 30th birthday. The group called for the release of the Panchen Lama, who was detained as a boy in 1995 and has been missing ever since. They also called for the Panchen Lama and the exiled Dalai Lama to one day be reunited in Tibet. For this peaceful act, Wangchen was arrested. When his aunt, Dolkar, shared the news of Wangchen’s arrest, she too was charged.