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Gyari and Sangpo

Dalai Lama’s Envoy meets Takna Jigme Sangpo

Takna revealed that he knew of the international campaign on his behalf and clarified that his family name was Takna not Tanak, as it has often been spelled. The Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lodi Gyari, met former Tibetan political prisoner Takna Jigme Sangpo near Washington, D.C., on July 15, 2002. Gyari […]

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Takna Jigme Sangpo

Jigme Sangpo, longest serving Tibetan political prisoner, arrives in the United States

Takna Jigme Sangpo, the longest serving political prisoner in Tibet, who was released from Lhasa’s Drapchi prison on medical parole on March 31, 2002, arrived in the United States from Beijing on July 13, 2002. Jigme Sangpo was met at O’Hare Airport in Chicago by a family member and soon afterwards, spoke by phone to […]

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Released: Ngawang Choezom, Tibetan nun and political prisoner

The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes the release of Tibetan nun and political prisoner, Ngawang Choezom, from Drapchi prison but stresses the need for systemic change in the way Chinese authorities deal with Tibetan prisoners. Ngawang Choezom, who was one of 14 nuns whose sentences were extended for making a tape recording of songs in […]

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Dili Bazaar Jail

13 Tibetans detained in Kathmandu prison; mother and newborn child in ill health

Kathmandu – Thirteen Tibetans, including two recent arrestees and a newborn baby to one of the Tibetan women, are in prison in Kathmandu. All are serving 10-year prison sentences for illegally entering and/or staying in Nepal. Human rights monitors have become concerned in recent weeks for the mother and four-month-old infant after learning of the […]

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Minnesota Governor urged to raise Tibet with Chinese leaders

The Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM) has asked Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura to raise the issue of dialogue on Tibet when he meets Chinese leaders next week. Governor Ventura is leading a Minnesota trade mission to China on June 7, 2002. Jigme T. Taythi, Executive Director of the Minneapolis-based TAFM, has in a letter […]

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Letter writing campaign

China defends treatment of Tibetan prisoners in response to ICT letter-writing campaign

In a direct response to international letter-writing campaigns, Chinese authorities have taken the unusual step of issuing a series of stories in its state-run media defending the treatment of Tibetan prisoners. The International Campaign for Tibet and other Tibet support groups have organized large scale letter-writing campaigns calling for prisoner releases and improvement of conditions […]

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A monk, demonstrator and torture victim rebuilds his life in Minneapolis

More than 10 years ago, Ngawang Chimay was a prisoner in Lhasa’s notorious Gutsa detention center, where sadistic torture is common. In this account Ngawang describes why, as a teenage monk, he decided to directly challenge Chinese authorities in Tibet, and how he feels about it now. He arrived in the U.S. in 1998 and […]

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Tibetan testifies in Minnesota Senate as Gov. Ventura prepares to visit China

On May 9, 2002, Minnesota State Senator Ellen Anderson introduced a bill (S.F No. 3469) urging Governor Jesse Ventura to convey the concerns of the people of Minnesota regarding human rights abuses committed by the government of the People’s Republic of China. Governor Ventura is leading a trade mission to China, scheduled from June 7 […]

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State Department monitoring Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s case

The State Department said yesterday that they were monitoring the development of the detention of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a prominent Tibetan lama, in Lithang (eastern Tibet). Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was arrested on April 7, 2002, under suspicion of involvement in a series of bomb blasts in the region. Reacting to media enquiries, a State Department […]

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Choeying Kunsang and Passang Lhamo

Tibetan torture survivors testify before Congress as Chinese Vice President meets Bush Administration

While China’s Vice President Hu Jintao met with Bush Administration officials yesterday at the White House, two Tibetan nuns testified before Congress about their experiences as political prisoners in Tibet’s Chinese-run prison system. The nuns, Choeying Kunsang and Passang Lhamo, testified on Capitol Hill for the Congressional Human Rights Caucus about their experiences in Lhasa’s […]

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Hu Jintao refuses to accept Congressional letters on Tibet

Visiting Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao on April 30, 2002 refused to accept letters of concern from four Members of Congress regarding China’s action in Tibet and on human rights. In a statement on April 30, 2002, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip, who had tried to personally deliver the letters to Vice President Hu, said: […]

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Revered Tibetan Lama arrested in eastern Tibet

Chinese authorities arrested Ven. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche in eastern Tibet on April 7, 2002, charging him with involvement in bomb blasts in Chengdu and Beijing. According to the Office of Tibet, New York, Ven. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was arrested with four of his attendants. “Venerable Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has been involved in bringing spiritual renaissance […]

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Update on Takna Jigme Sangpo

Ambassador Clark Randt, U.S. Ambassador to China, asked Chinese authorities on April 12 to grant him a meeting with recently released Takna Jigme Sangpo, Tibet’s longest-serving political prisoner. Takna Jigme Sangpo said that he was not feeling well and has high blood pressure in his first-ever interview to the media. Although Ambassador Randt did not […]

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VOA editorial on Takna Jigme Sangpo

According to a Voice of America editorial broadcast on April 7, 2002, “China’s release of Takna Jigme Sangpo is good news. Further steps — many further steps — would be welcome.” From Voice of America April 7, 2002: This past week, the Chinese government released a man said to be its longest-serving political prisoner. Takna […]

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Dharamsala welcomes Takna Jigme Sangpo’s release

The Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche, has welcomed the release of Takna Jigme Sangpo and thanked “every individual, Tibet Support Groups, human rights organisations, parliamentarians, governments who have worked so hard” for the release. In a statement on April 4, 2002, Samdhong Rinpoche said he hoped that this was not a […]

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Takna Jigme Sangpo, Tibet’s longest serving political prisoner, released on medical parole

Takna Jigme Sangpo, Tibet’s longest serving political prisoner, was released in Lhasa on March 31, 2002. The 73-year-old* Sangpo was reportedly released on medical parole and is currently staying in Lhasa with his niece, Tsering Palmo*, a retired teacher who had often visited Sangpo when he was in prison. Sangpo’s release was expected for some […]

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Chadrel Rinpoche

China confirms release of Chadrel Rinpoche

During the March 5 and 6 EU-China dialogue in Madrid, in which the European Union asked about Chadrel Rinpoche, the Chinese delegation handed over a written document that said “Chadrel Rinpoche has been released” in Chinese, confirming a February 20 report from the Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) that the former […]

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Chinese scholar Gao Zhan

Chinese scholar Gao Zhan says Tibetans have the right to choose their future

Gao Zhan, the scholar who was detained by China for five months in 2001 and released after pressure from the United States Government, said on February 26, 2002 that it was only after she regained her freedom that she understood the aspirations of the Tibetan people. Gao was addressing a panel discussion on China and […]

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