Tibetan Monk Detained Again

Chinese authorities refuse to say why he has been locked up.

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An undated photo of Jigme Gyatso.
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Chinese authorities in Gansu province have detained a Tibetan monk for the fourth time in the last five years—and again without filing formal charges against him, according to his brother.

Jigme Gyatso, a monk at Labrang monastery in the Kanlho (in Chinese, Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture was picked up on Aug. 20 and is being held in the Kanlho Public Security Bureau detention center, the man’s brother, named Sonam, told RFA.

“After he had been missing for several weeks, the Kanlho Public Security Bureau confirmed that they are holding him,” Sonam said.

“They wouldn’t say why he is detained, but they told our family that he could face a term in jail if he doesn’t abide by state law.”

Calls seeking comment from Kanlho officials last week rang unanswered.

Chinese authorities first detained Jigme Gyatso, also called Jigme Goril, in 2006 following his return to Labrang after he attended a religious ceremony conducted in India by Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
He was released without charge after being held and questioned for a month.


In 2008, he was picked up during regionwide protests against Chinese rule and was held for a year. He was severely beaten in detention, but again was not formally charged.

In 2010, he was held for six months in a hotel for political “re-education” before he was once again released, again without charge.

Jigme Gyatso’s Labrang monastery was the scene of major demonstrations against Chinese rule during regionwide Tibetan protests in March 2008.

Monks at Labrang later disrupted a government-controlled tour of the monastery by foreign journalists in April 2008.

Reported by Dorjee Tso for RFA’s Tibetan service. Translated by Rigdhen Dolma. Written in English by Richard Finney.


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Oct 08, 2011 06:53 AM

How long are we going to accept the genocide in Tibet??? there is so much documentation available... why dont Un or countries intervene and demand the Chinese to stop killing, torturing improsoning Tibetans. When do we demand China respects human rights both to its own people and the Tibetans and give Tibet back to its rightfull owners or at least let the Tibetans have religious and cultural freedom to live as they like.

Nov 15, 2011 05:50 AM

Nobody will do anything because China has the world by the balls....... EVERY COUNTRY is in NEED of China's $$$$$ The CCP is no better than Hitler and his Nazi's........ some people still deny that ever happened, as many deny the genocide taking place in Tibet today.