Another former Tibetan political prisoner passes away, fourth this year

Samdup, 50, the fourth known former Tibetan political prisoner to passway in Chinese occupied Tibet. Image:

DHARAMSALA. 14 July: A former Tibetan political prisoner has passed away while receiving treatment for diabetes in Chinese occupied Tibet.

Samdup, 50 has passed away from Lhasa Public Hospital on 17 February earlier this year where he was admitted to receive treatment for diabetes, reports the UN, EU & Human Rights Desk of the Central Tibetan Administration.

The former monk from Drepung Monastery who hails from Changra township, Phenpo county in the so-called Tibetan Autonomous Region was sentenced to three years in prison for staging a peaceful protest with 15 other monks on 12 May 1992, in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, the report added.

The report stated that following the completion of his sentence, Samdup was further imprisoned for another four years on unknown charges. 

Chinese authorities are known to routinely torture and deny proper medical care to Tibetan political prisoners, the report said and added that “for this reason, underlying health conditions are exacerbated and many prisoners suffer long-term consequences just like Samdup.” 

“He is the fourth known former political prisoner who passed away in Tibet this year,” the report concluded.

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