Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Tibetan Nun Dies in Custody

On 24 March, Yangkyi Dolma and Sonam Yangchen, two nuns from the monastery of Lamdrag (Karze, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province) protested peacefully in the market square of Karze asking for "the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet" and " human rights and religious freedom for Tibetans. " At least 50 policemen and security personnel surrounded the two nuns, and after having beaten them with electric batons and bars, dragged them to prison. The next day Yangkyi Dolma’s family suffered searches and interrogations.

Three days ago the family was advised of the seriousness of her health, but on arrival at the hospital, they learned of her death. The family was unable to recover the body of the deceased for autopsy, nothing is known about the fate of Sonam Yangchen.

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