The community leaders had mobilized village support to demand the return of land taken for use by three brick companies.
Walls and checkpoints meanwhile block unauthorized entry as China restricts growth at the popular Tibetan Buddhist study center in Sichuan.
Sonam had written about declining opportunities for Tibetans in his civil service exam.
Meanwhile, Sogkar Lodroe, another former prisoner, is sentenced to a further 18 years in jail for staging a video protest calling for world peace.
China claims the right to choose the next Dalai Lama, but he says he will be born again outside Beijing's control.
Tibetan officials working for China's ruling Communist Party tell them this is the best way to practice their faith.
Twelve families resisting orders to relocate are evicted and taken away in a buses by Chinese police.
China dismisses the report as ‘full of bias,’ and an interference in its internal affairs.
Rongwo monastery on full lockdown as police take precautions against potential protests during the ‘sensitive month of March.’
Buskers are banned from performing in the streets and hotel guests are under strict surveillance.
Tibetan villagers must memorize Chinese leaders' names, defend Chinese policies to receive poverty relief.
Police are deployed in the villages and towns to watch residents' movements in advance of a politically sensitive anniversary.
Social media chat groups are watched, and travel in one county is banned, with residents ordered to remain in their homes on March 10.
March 10 and 14 mark the dates of Tibetan uprisings against rule by Beijing, leaving Chinese authorities wary of protests.
The trend affects not just Tibet but other Tibetan areas of China, sources in the region say.
Run under paramilitary supervision, the camp will train cadres sent out across Tibet to monitor Tibetans' loyalty to Beijing.
Government speeches, travel restrictions, and heavy police presence create an atmosphere of intimidation, sources say.
Chinese authorities fear reinforcement of Tibetan national and cultural identity in the younger generation, sources say.
Tashi Wangchuk was given a five-year prison term for peacefully promoting the use of his native language in Tibetan areas of China.
But Chinese fishermen caught fishing illegally in the lake are usually released, local sources say.
They are lured by promises of government help, but find life difficult in their new homes, local sources say.
Even courses in Tibetan medicine and ethnic studies are now taught only in Chinese, sources at the school say.
The order issued in Lhoka Tsethang city bans enrollment in workshops and religious classes, sources say.