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Tibetan Woman Cadre Sentenced to Five Years in Prison: reports

November 21, 2008

November 19, 2008

A Tibetan female cadre in her thirties has been sentenced to five
years' imprisonment. Walza Norzin Wangmo, mother of one, from
Kyungchu township of Ngaba, was accused of passing on information
through phone and internet about the situation in Tibet, according to
a report by Washington D.C based International Campaign for Tibet.
However, the ICT said the exact details of the charges against her
are not known.

A friend of Norzin wrote after knowing about the latter's
imprisonment, "...To have to spend the best years of your life in a
dark prison cell, what misery! That may be your glory, but as you
know, an ocean of inexpressible suffering lies behind that accolade
of glory. There is no certainty that the experience will not write
the final word on your youth and affection, your dreams and
ambitions. One thing that makes me happy is that they say you kept
your confidence and attitude together while in prison. That is a
great reassurance to me, for one. Dear friend!"

In another incident on October 31 a Tibetan man named Paljor Norbu,
81, was arrested by People's Armed Police in Lhasa, reports ICT
citing sources in exile. According to another source, Paljor Norbu,
who has been in prison before, may have been sentenced to seven
years, and his whereabouts is unknown.

Paljor Norbu runs a family printing business in the Barkhor, which
has printed and published Buddhist texts for monasteries for some
generations. The business has now been shut down by the Public
Security Bureau, which also took many of the wooden printing blocks.
This indicates that he is not accused of involvement in any protests
from March 10 onwards in Lhasa, but possibly in providing
publications. The same source said: "The family wants to know what
prison he is in because it is getting cold, he is very old, and they
want to get warm clothes and blankets to him."
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