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World Tibet Network News

Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Saturday, July 19, 2003

2. Tibean Activist Released, in Poor Health

Friday, July 18, 2003

On July 11, Tserang Dondrup (also known as Jortse) was reportedly released
after a year in custody. According to local reports, he is in poor health,
cannot walk or see and "his hands were not working." His speech is also
reportedly unintelligible.

Tserang Dondrup was arrested on May 7, 2002, and was sentenced to five years
in prison. The charges against him and the reason for his release are not
known. Prior to his arrest, he collected thousands of signatures on a
petition in support of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a popular and high-ranking

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Tashi Phuntsok, remain in jail in connection with
this case.

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was arrested for "incitement to seperatism" and
"crimes of terror" on April 7, 2002 and sentenced to death on December 2,
2002, with a two-year reprieve.

He was held incommunicado for eight months until the day of the trial. After
his sentencing, he reportedly began a hunger strike to protest his treatment
in detention, which sources say has included torture, and because Chinese
authorities have denied him a fair trial.

Tashi Phuntsok, a supporter of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, is in prison serving a
seven-year term. No information is available about the charges against him,
or where he is being held.

He was being treated for tuberculosis when he was arrested in April 2002 and
arrested at the hospital where he was being treated. Due to his health
conditions at the time of his arrest, there remains serious concern for his
health and his access to medical treatment.

ICT members and others have taken thousands of online actions on these cases
in the past months. ICT also launched Postcard Campaign on this case in May.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Gyalo Thondup Says Tibet-China Contact Should be a Two-Way Process
  2. Tibean Activist Released, in Poor Health
  3. High dining Meditating over a meal at Om, where the roof of the world meets the Main

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