Political prisoner Adruk Lopoe released after 10 years

Adruk Lopoe
Adruk Lopoe
22nd August 2017

Adruk Lopoe is the nephew of former Tibetan political prisoner Runggye Adak

A monk, Adruk Lopoe, was released yesterday, 21 August, after spending 10 years in prison.

He was freed from Mianyang Prison in Sichuan Province at around 11pm. His current health condition remains unknown.

Uncle and nephew arrested

Adruk Lopoe was arrested in 2007 for protesting against the detention of his uncle, Runggye Adak. On 20 November, 2007, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for separatist activities and leaking state secrets.

Several other Tibetans who took part in the protest along with Adruk Lopoe were also arrested and tried on these charges, including Jamyang Kunkhen, a teacher and musician, and a nomad named Lothok. They were sentenced respectively to nine and three years in prison. Jamyang Kunkhen was released in August 2016. Adruk Lopoe was the last prisoner to be released among those arrested for this protest.

Runggye Adak and the Tibetans who protested against his arrest

Runggye Adak’s arrest

On 1 August, 2007, Runggye Adrak was arrested and then sentenced to eight years in prison for inciting “separatism”. A few minutes before his arrest, he had called on the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and the release of the Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima, and the late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. He carried out his protest at the Lithang Horse Racing Festival, in the presence of Chinese authorities and thousands of Tibetans.

Runggye Adak was released on July 2015.


Information supplied by Tibet Watch

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