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Rights Group Says China Released Female Tibetan Political Prisoner


A U.S.-based human rights group says Tibet's last known female political prisoner has been released.

The Dui Hua foundation says China's Foreign Ministry confirmed that Nyima Choedron had been released from prison after her 10-year sentence was commuted three times.

She was convicted in 2000 on what China calls "splittism" charges, for allegedly having links to an anti-Chinese protest held during the national minority games in Tibet in 1999.

Her husband was also sentenced on similar charges and was jailed for life. His sentence has since been reduced to 18 years.

China took control of Tibet in 1950, but many in the remote Buddhist region remain loyal to its exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

International rights groups have been critical of China's suppression of religious freedom and other human rights in the region.

Some information for this report was provided by Dui Hua and Reuters.

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