DHARAMSHALA: A Chinese court has handed down harsh prison sentences to three Tibetans for taking part in a protest following a self-immolation incident in Golog in northeastern Tibet last year, a confirmed report coming out of Tibet say.
The court in Siling (incorporated to China’s Qinghai Province) sentenced Doptrug, 51, a native of Yarthang village in Golog Pema county to ten years in prison. Two other Tibetans, Ugen Dorjee, 40, and Choekyab, received jail terms of one year and nine months, and one year and six months, respectively.
The three Tibetans were arrested for participating in a protest demanding the body of Lobsang Gedun to be handed over to his family after his self-immolation on 3 December 2012. Lobsang Gedun, a monk of Penag Kadak Troedreling Monastery in Seley Thang region of Golog Pema county, set himself on fire to protest the Chinese government’s rule in Tibet.
Despite the Central Tibetan Administration’s repeated appeals urging Tibetans not to resort to drastic actions, at least 119 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest against the Chinese government’s repressive rule in Tibet. The self-immolators have called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans. (Fact sheet on self-immolations in Tibet)