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China Releases Tibetan Political Prisoner Ngawang Sangdrol - 2002-10-17


A U-S based human rights group says Chinese authorities have released a Tibetan nun after a decade of captivity.

The Dui Hua Foundation says the nun, Ngawang Sangdrol, was reunited with her family on Thursday. It says she was imprisoned in 1992 after being arrested for peacefully demonstrating against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Beijing charged her with counter-revolutionary incitement of propaganda.

While in prison, her sentence was extended three times for what Chinese authorities called counter-revolutionary crimes. She had nine years left on her sentence when she was freed.

Authorities released the nun just a week before Chinese President Jiang Zemin is scheduled to meet with President Bush in the United States. During their discussion in Crawford, Texas, Mr. Bush is expected to bring up human rights concerns and the issue of Tibet.

Exiled Tibetans and their supporters say they hope the meeting will help lead to a continuing dialogue between Chinese authorities and the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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