Tibetan man released after five years in prison for publicly supporting Dalai Lama

Sonam Dhargyal
Sonam Dhargyal
Sonam Dhargyal
22nd April 2020

Tibetan political prisoner released in eastern Tibet.

A Tibetan man has been released from prison in eastern Tibet after serving five years for publicly supporting the Dalai Lama, a source has told Tibet Watch.

Sonam Dhargyal from Ngaba County, which is governed as part of  Sichuan Province, was released on 30 March and is reported to be in normal health, Tibet Watch said.

He was arrested in 2015 after he went to a religious festival in Gomon Monastery, Ngaba County, with a flag and a picture of the Dalai Lama.

Dhargyal has a wife called Yangzom and three children. 

Officials reportedly told his family not to meet him with more than three people during his release from prison. Tibet Watch said he went back to his village where residents welcomed him with applause and burned incense.

The news comes after Free Tibet reported the arrest of two Tibetans from the TAR in December 2019 on suspicion of loyalty to the Dalai Lama and listening to his teachings.

Sonam's children.
Sonam's children.

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