Khenpo Kartse (Update)

21st October 2014

Activist monk sentenced in a closed trial

Khenpo Kartse has been sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in a closed trial, after being in detention for nearly a year, held in the Chamdo Prefecture, three months ago. He was charged for the alleged crime of harbouringing other Tibetan monks in his monastery, who were wanted by the Chinese police. The arrest of Khenpo Kartse (Khenpo is his title) in December 2013 led to huge protests in Tibet, calling for his release. The Khenpo is well-known for his promotion of the Tibetan language, environmental activism and was one of the first to organise relief during the Yushu earthquakes. Source: RFA / Tsering Woeser

International campaign

Free Tibet is among many international campaign groups who have called for Khenpo Kartse's release. Earlier this year, following lobbying by Free Tibet, the UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office included his name among a list of political prisoners submitted to China during the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue - a meeting between officials of both countries in which issues of concern are discussed. Further details of the trial have yet to emerge. Although the Khenpo's conviction is unjust, his sentence is shorter than had been feared following recent harsh sentences in Tibet and elsewhere.

Tibetan language under threat

Chinese (Mandarin) is the official language in occupied Tibet, reducing the usage of Tibetan language. The replacement of Tibetan textbooks led to huge protests in Tibet, young Tibetans began ripping up the books, calling for Tibetan language rights.

Khenpo Kartse in an outdoor classroomKhenpo Kartse in an outdoor classroom

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