DHARAMSHALA: The Intermediate People’s court in Malho (incorporated into China’s Qinghai province), sentenced Akhu Gyatak, a Tibetan man from Rebgong in northeastern Tibet, to four years in prison and stripped him of his political rights for two years.
The court in its verdict on 8 February charged Gyatak with subverting state laws and orchestrating separatist activities.
Gyatak was reportedly arrested by the Chinese police for taking part in a peaceful protest in November last year. The local Tibetans organised that protest against China’s crackdown following a spate of self-immolation protests by Tibetans.
Despite repeated appeals by the Central Tibetan Administration urging Tibetans not to resort to drastic actions, a total of 120 Tibetans set themselves on fire including 28 in November 2012 alone. Most of the self-immolators have called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.
The Central Tibetan Administration reiterates that Tibetans are driven to set themselves on fire by the Chinese government’s policies of political repression, cultural assimilation, social discrimination, economic marginalisation and environmental destruction over the last 60 years of its invasion.
“The blame as well as the solution lies squarely with the Chinese government” Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration said.