Former political prisoner dies after prolonged medical treatment

Shonu Palden
2nd October 2018

Another victim of Chinese prison violence dead as a result of mistreatment and torture 

We have obtained news from our research partner Tibet Watch, that ex-political prisoner Shonu Palden has died on 30 September after a prolonged treatment for torture-related injuries which he suffered during his detention in Machu County Kanlho, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.

He was 41 years old when he passed away and is survived by his wife Tsering Dekyi (28) and three children: son Tenzin Kunkyab (8), and daughters Namgyal Dolma (10) and Tashi Dolma (5).

Shonu Palden was first arrested on 18 June 2012 in his hometown of Rongkor Village on the charge of spurring protests during the 2008 Tibetan uprising. He was then kept in detention for several months, during which he was interrogated and severely tortured, and denied legal representation or contact with his family.

He was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison, where he suffered from harsh beatings, torture and medical negligence. His condition became critical and as such he was released a year ahead of his actual sentence (24 July 2013), a common practice of the Chinese government to avoid responsibility over misconduct and death in custody.

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