Tsultrim Gyatso partook in a peaceful protest on March 15, 2008 in Sangchu County. He fled the area immediately after the demonstration to avoid arrest but was eventually tracked down and incarcerated by Drugchu County Public Security Bureau (PSB) personnel on May 22, 2008.
Tibet witnessed massive and unprecedented demonstrations and pro-Tibet agitation in various parts of the country, particularly those plagued by by violent crackdowns and suppression. Consequently, hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were detained and imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their fundamental human rights.
TCHRD expressed serious concern regarding the secretive nature of the Tsultrim Gyatso trial, and urged the Chinese government to recognize the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people.