Update: It is confirmed that Goshul Lobsang died on 19 March 2014 Shocking photographs after three years in China's jails
Photographs have emerged of political prisoner Goshul Lobsang who was released early from prison last November because of deteriorating health. From Machu county in eastern Tibet, he was sentenced to 12 years in 2011 for offences relating to the intense protests in Tibet in 2008.
Tortured in Tibet
Goshul Lobsang evaded capture for two years after a warrant was issued for his arrest in 2008. Following his capture in 2010, he was subjected to severe interrogations, beatings and torture. The torture included being left outside naked in Tibet’s bitter winter.
Deaths in custody
After he became severely ill in prison, the authorities released Goshul Lobsang last November in a very serious condition. It is common for gravely ill prisoners to be released early to avoid the authorities suffering the embarrassment and inconvenience of having them die in custody. Recent photographs show further deterioration and witnesses report that the 43 year-old is completely unresponsive. Goshul Lobsang has refused to attend a Chinese doctor after his experiences in prison and his family cannot afford further medical treatment.
Man commits suicide to avoid arrest
In another part of Tibet, Tashi Tsering stabbed himself to death when police attempted to arrest him, allegedly for his involvement with the 2008 protests. From Markham in the Tibet Autonomous Region, the 28 year old had evaded the police since a warrant for his arrest was issued after the protests. Monks from the area who were arrested in 2008 for the same offences spent three years in prison.
Fear of arrest
Perhaps fearing the same treatment as Lobsang Goshul and others have received in prison, Tashi Tsering shouted “I would kill myself rather than fall into your hands" as police surrounded him on a road in the area. He died at the scene. In the same area, authorities detained 20 monks from Khemlung monastery, allegedly for sharing photographs of the Dalai Lama and possible involvement in protest in 2008.
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