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Former Political Prisoner Jigme Gyatso Sends Letter of Courage and Truth After Surviving Five-year Prison Term


Jigme Gyatso

Labrang Jigme Gyatso, a monk from Labrang in Amdo, was perhaps the only known Tibetan to record on video in Tibet an account of his own imprisonment and views on Chinese government’s policies against the Dalai Lama and was able to send it to the outside world.

Jigme Gyatso was sentenced to a five-year prison term in 2011 and was released on October 26, 2016 from prison in Lanzhou, the provincial capital of Gansu.

However, recently, images of a handwritten letter in Tibetan, signed and dated November 26, 2017, appeared online in which he writes of his unwavering determination and spirit in the face of severe oppression. He says in the letter, “They frame us with the greatest and heaviest crimes, and under trial they coax or even force us to admit to many things we never did, an ongoing process of rendering us lifeless like a corpse, if not wiping us out from this world.”

In his video testimony, which was broadcast by VOA Tibetan Service in 2008, Akhu Jigme says, “I, as a witness to truth, am telling through the media the story of Tibetans killed, who have suffered torture in prisons and died, so that media can truthfully report on these situations.”

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