Flood of support for Bangri Tsamtrul Rinpoche

Bangri Tsamtrul Rinpoche
Bangri Tsamtrul Rinpoche

11th November 2015

Hundreds send messages on behalf of Robed Resister

Free Tibet supporters have sent nearly 800 messages of solidarity in support of Bangri Tsamtrul Rinpoche, the first of the jailed religious figures featured in Free Tibet’s Robed Resisters campaign.

People from around the world have written messages of solidarity to Bangri Tsamtrul Rinpoche, the founder of an orphanage who is currently serving an 18 year prison term for political crimes. His "confession" was extracted through an extended five day interrogation involving torture.

Supporters have also written hundreds of letters to the governor of Chushul prison where he is being held to demand humane treatment for Bangri Rinpoche, and to the governor of the Tibet Autonomous Region, demanding that he be released.

Free Tibet will now ensure all letters are sent to Bangri Rinpoche in prison, and to the authorities on his behalf. We have already contacted both and will continue to follow his case. During November, Free Tibet will be focussing on the case of monk Tsangyang Gyatso,  who was arrested last year and sentenced to 12 years in prison for alleged "separatist" activities, including “plotting” to organise peaceful protests.

Persecution, torture, deaths in detention

Monks, nuns and other religious figures are at the forefront of defending Tibetan culture and the resistance to Chinese occupation of their land.

Earlier this year, Tibet’s most high profile political prisoner, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was found dead in his prison cell, having been denied vital medical treatment. Authorities continue to limit access to political prisoners, regularly forbidding visits from lawyers, doctors and family members. For this reason, the Robed Resisters campaign also encourages supporters to write to prison authorities and the local government, reminding them that the world is watching them.

Tibet’s monks and nuns have also been subjected to religious persecution, and monasteries are under increasingly tight surveillance and control by the authorities.

Take action

Bangri Tsamtrul Rinpoche is just one of probably hundreds – it’s impossible to know the exact number – of monks, nuns and other Tibetan religious figures currently detained in Chinese prisons. Please donate today to support our Robed Resisters campaign and help shine a light on China’s shocking treatment of religious political prisoners.