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Lobsang Tenzin
Lobsang Tenzin

On the following day, 20 July, there was another release as Lobsang Tenzin, a monk from the Soktsang monastery of Tangkhor Township in Dzoege County, eastern Tibet, was freed from prison.

Lobsang Tenzin was arrested in 2013 and charged with assisting in the self-immolation protest of Kunchok Sonam, an 18-year-old who set himself on fire in Dzoege on 20 July 2013 while calling for Tibetan freedom. He was arrested alongside two other monks, Sangye Palden and Lobsang Yonten. The three were interrogated at Dzoege County jail and, following their trial, sent to Mianyang Prison, just outside Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan Province. Sangye Palden and Lobsang Yonten are still in Mianyang Prison, serving sentences of five and three years respectively.

Following his release, Lobsang Tenzin reached his hometown on 23 July, 2016. There he was received by a welcome committee consisting of his family, friends and other local supporters.