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Himachal Pradesh: Death of Tibetan intellectual in China led Tibetan activists to hold a candlelight vigil in Dharamshala

AsiaHimachal Pradesh: Death of Tibetan intellectual in China led Tibetan activists to hold a candlelight vigil in Dharamshala

Kunchok Jinpa, a Tibetan intellectual, and freedom advocate, 51, was relentlessly tortured in a Chinese jail, and inflicted with wounds.  He was transferred to a clinic in Lhasa in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, remained there for a few months, and passed away in the clinic on February 6, 2021.

Kunchok Jinpa had been incarcerated since 2013, with no leads to his location and whereabouts to anyone, including his own family. The Chinese specialists later accused him of leaking out fights that were occurring inside Dhiru in Tibet to the rest of the world for “example global media.” He was convicted for a 21-year sentence, which according to The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is not judicially correct for the nature of his offense.  There is also no data about his imprisonment openly accessible to anyone, making the nature of the arrest very mysterious.

On Friday, February 19th, in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, in India, a large number of Tibetan activists held a candlelight vigil over the passing of Kunchok Jinpa in China.

A protestor remarked, “The incident shows the cruelty that exists in Chinese prisons towards political prisoners.”

Tenzin Dawa, a scientist at TCHRD said, “An all-around respected Tibetan man in his mid-50s known for his solid mental fortitude and conviction in practicing common freedoms in Tibet has been pounded the life out of by the Chinese experts in Tibet while he was being moved to a medical clinic in Lhasa. He was condemned to 21 years detainment since he shared data about tranquil fights that were occurring inside Dhiru in Tibet to the rest of the world for example global media.”

She added, “So there should be a prompt fair-minded and autonomous examination of custodial passings in Chinese detainment facilities and every one of these examinations should be completed by the United Nations guidelines. We likewise call upon the Chinese specialists to deny its arrangement of self-assertive confinements and detainments.”

Tibet has been under Chinese-occupation since March 1959. More than 155 Tibetans have set themselves ablaze inside Tibet since 2009 in dissent against China’s suppression and occupation

Communist China invaded Tibet, a peaceful Buddhist country, in 1949. Since that time, over 1.2 million out of 6 Tibetans have been killed, over 6000 monasteries destroyed, and thousands of Tibetans imprisoned.

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