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dragkar-monasteryDharamshala: - A highly respected Tibetan Buddhist monk from Sangchu County, north-eastern Tibet has disappeared after being detained by Chinese authorities, according to an information received by The Tibet Post International (TPI News). Gedun Gyatso who escaped to India in 1990, then returned to Tibet after three years in India for Tibetan studies.

Gyatso, a monk of Ganja Dragkar Sang-ngak Mengyeling Monastery in Ganja Township of Sangchu County, Amdho Province, North-eastern Tibet, (Ch: Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Region), was disappeared after arrested for third time by Chinese authorities in July 2011.

Gyatso was arrested immediately after returned to Tibet, then second time in 2011, during Tibetan new year after meeting with a friend, who was from a foreign country. But, released after he has being questioned and beaten by Chinese authorities for around 20 days, according to the information. His father's name is Wangpo and his mother is Lhakho, he has two sisters; elder sister Lhamo Tsering and young sister Dorjee Kyid.

He was one of the most highly respected monks of both monastic and lay community in the county, who took responsibility of the monastery in different fields.

The Buddhist monk was detained and taken away by the Chinese authorities. No one knows where he is now, the sources from inside Tibet said. However, following the mass protest in 2008 and the wave of self-immolations in all parts of Tibet, the Chinese authorities imposed tight surveillance on every monasteries, institutions and nunneries and their surrounding areas, the sources added.

His family and relatives have repeatedly tried to find out where he is being held and why. They have inquired at Chinese authority offices a number of times but have not been given any information over his arrest. They are extremely worried about his well-being and urging international community for justice, according to the source.

Tibetan people in their homeland Tibet still live with the daily realities of hardship and suppression under China's military invasion
since 1959, as well as the threat of imprisonment, torture. However, they have never stopped their struggles, in the past four years, at least 44 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in eastern Tibet to call for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  "What China did to Tibet is, much worse than what Japan did to people in China during second wold war. A much larger percentage of the Tibetan population was wiped out per the Chinese invasion, Tibetans were scattered across the globe," said Mr. Nyima T.J. a Tibetan political analyst.

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