Tibetan monk released after seven years in prison

Lobsang Tenzin
8th June 2018

Lobsang Tenzin was imprisoned in 2011 for his alleged role a self-immolation protest

A Tibetan monk has been released from prison, seven years after he was found guilty of inciting a self-immolation.

Lobsang Tenzin, 28, was released from prison on 5 June after serving seven years of a ten-year prison sentence. Prior to his arrest, Lobsang Tenzin resided in Kirti Monastery. On 16 March 2011, Phuntsog, a fellow resident at Kirti Monastery set himself ablaze in protest against Chinese rule. During his protest, which was the second recorded self-immolation in Tibet, Phuntsog also called for the long life of the Dalai Lama. 

Chinese security personnel eventually extinguished the flames and beat Phuntsog, who died in hospital the following day. During the following months, Chinese troops were deployed to Kirti Monastery as part of a crackdown at the monastery and surrounding area.

Lobsang Tenzin was subsequently arrested, along with Lobsang Tenzing (Nak Ten) and Losang Tsondru. On 30 August 2011, the three of them were found guilty of inciting Phuntsog's self-immolation. They received prison sentences ranging from 10 to 13 years.  

He has since returned to his home in Naktsangma, eastern Tibet. His current condition and the reason for his early release are unknown.

Information supplied by Tibet Watch.

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