Resistance to China’s rule inside Tibet is often led by monks and nuns.
As a result of their actions, many of them are now in jail. They may disappear for months, before facing show trials in which they are convicted for "crimes" against the Chinese state.
Many endure torture and long sentences, their illnesses are often untreated and some go years without visits from families and friends.
The Robed Resistance
Monasteries play an important role in Tibetan communities and are vital in preserving and protecting Tibet’s culture and language.
But monasteries also feel the full weight of China’s occupation. Communist officials interfere in their activities and monitor for signs of loyalty to the Dalai Lama. Many have police stations close by or even inside the monastery walls. Thousands of monasteries have been shut by China, while heavily-armed security forces intimidate religious gatherings. Monks and nuns are forced to show their loyalty and even fly the Communist flag on their buildings.
Undeterred, these monks and nuns continue to brave the consequences of their opposition to China’s rule and activist monks have been at the forefront of Tibetan protests for many years. Today, many have paid a heavy price for standing up for their country, their culture and their beliefs.
IN THE DARK
Profiles of some of Tibet's imprisoned monks and nuns are listed below; some are now free while others remain imprisoned. For our latest actions in support of Tibet's hidden prisoners, see our In the Dark campaign.