Monk imprisoned while visiting family in Tibet

9th February 2018

Tashi Choeyang was arrested and secretly sentenced to six years while he visited his family from India

Free Tibet has learned that a Tibetan monk who has been missing since 2016 is in prison in eastern Tibet, where he is serving a six-year sentence.

Tashi Choeyang, who has been living in India, visited Tibet in late 2016 to see his family after obtaining a visa from the Chinese embassy in Delhi. Shortly after arriving at his home on 21 November he was arrested by Chinese authorities. No warrant was produced or reason given for his detention.

Since then his family had been left in the dark – not knowing his whereabouts or his condition. In the hope of having him released sooner they did not disseminate information about Choeyang’s arrest.

However, after one of his prison mates was released, it has recently emerged that Tashi Choeyang is in Dartsedo prison in Kardze, eastern Tibet. His family has also been informed that he was sentenced to six years in prison there in November 2017.

Currently, the reasons for his arrest and charges of imprisonment are unknown. However, it is suspected that his detention is related to allegations of disseminating information about self-immolation protests which happened in Tawo while he was in India.

Tashi Choeyang originally travelled to India to study Buddhist philosophy in Ganden monastery. He had previously been at Nyitso monastery in Tawo, in the county where he was born. He is the youngest son of Dorjee Tsering and Phalmo.

Information supplied by Tibet Watch

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