Solo protester sentenced to three years

Jampel Gyatso
Jampel Gyatso

4th August 2016

Jampel Gyatso was arrested for carrying out a protest in eastern Tibet last year

A Tibetan monk has been sentenced to three years in prison for a solo protest that he staged last year against China's occupation of Tibet. Jampel Gyatso, from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, eastern Tibet, carried out his protest on 9 September before being arrested at the scene by police.

During his protest, Jampel Gyatso held a portrait of the Dalai Lama and walked through the main street of Ngaba. He shouted the slogans “Freedom in Tibet' and 'Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama' during the protest. Armed police arrived within minutes and arrested him. Police also went to Kirti Monastery to search his room.

Part of Jampel Gyatso's protest can be seen from afar in a short video clip below. The footage ends before Jampel Gyatso's detention by police. 

A year without rights

Jampel Gyatso was one of a number of people arrested in late 2015 after a series of solo protests. Like many of the other solo protesters in Ngaba at that time, Jampel Gyatso is from Ngaba’s Meruma Township.

After his arrest he was held in an unknown location until his trial almost a year later. On 1 August his family were informed that Jampel Gyatso’s trial had taken place behind closed doors and that he had been sentenced to three years in prison. His family were not informed when and where the verdict had taken place. Jampel Gyatso had not been allowed to hire a lawyer during the trial.

Jampel Gyatso is now in prison in Maowun County, eastern Tibet. His health condition and the exact charges under which he was convicted are not known. Several other Tibetans arrested during the past year for similar protests, including Lobsang TseringLosang Thubten, Tashi Dhondup and Sangay, remain in an unknown location and condition.

Take action

Under Chinese rule Tibetans risk arrest for acts as small as flying a Tibetan flag or calling for the Dalai Lama's long life or return to Tibet. Many of those in detention or prison are political prisoners who have stood up to the occupation. Join in with Free Tibet's Robed Resisters campaign to show solidarity with Tibetan political prisoners.