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China releases O'dho and Apha Bhomo

August 31, 2007

According to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), O'dho and Apha Bhomo, two Tibetan women who were arbitrarily arrested earlier this month were released conditionally from Nyagchuka County PSB Detention Centre on 27 August 2007.

Reportedly both O'dho and Apha Bhomo were conditionally released from the Nyachuka County PSB Detention Centre only after Nyagchuka County PSB officials called the head of Othok village -to which both women belong -and told him to stand as surety for their release. The County PSB officials advised the head of Othok village to take responsibility for any untoward incident of such kind from happening in the future and released them after signing a surety letter. Both O'dho and Apha Bhomo are known to have safely reached their village and are in good physical condition.

O'dho and Apha Bhomo in their 50's and residents of Othok Village, Nyagchuka County, Kardze "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture" ("TAP"), Sichuan Province. They were earlier arbitrarily arrested by the local PSB officials on 19 July 2007 under the alleged 'crime' of instigating people to join them in support of the wrongly charged and imprisoned Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Trulku Tenzin Delek who is serving a life sentence at an unknown location.

Prior to their arrest on 19 July 2007, a reception ceremony at Kham Nalanda Thekchen Jangchup Choeling Monastery was interrupted on 18 July 2007 by Chinese officials objecting to placing a portrait of Trulku Tenzin Delek on to the throne in a newly constructed assembly prayer hall (Tib: Dhukhang). In the aftermath of the incident, there was a huge public protest by the local Tibetans; some went to lodge their complaint to the higher authorities in Chengdu, while another group of Tibetans went to lodge a similar complaint to Nyagchuka PSB officials.

TCHRD calls upon the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to release all the Tibetans who were arbitrarily detained by the Chinese authorities from Lithang County this month and other prisoners of conscience who are still languishing in various prisons and detention centres in Tibet for peaceful exercise of fundamental human rights enshrined in the constitution and various international human rights treaties and covenants.
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