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Two nuns released-2013Dharamshala: Reports coming out of Tibet say, two Buddhist nuns of the Gaden Choeling Nunnery, Karze region in Kham region of Eastern Tibet released from a Chinese prison in Sichuan Province, China.

Tashi Dolker, a nun from Gaden Choeling nunnery in Kham Karze, Teshoe County who was arrested on 18 June, 2012 from Dhokham Tehore, Karze County, Kham Province of Eastern Tibet was released from prison on 19th June, 2013.

According to the sources, Tashi Dolker has always been passionate about the need to preserve Tibetan culture and the well being of the Tibetan community. Dolker was in protest against the Chinese government in demand of religious, cultural and linguistic freedom for the people of Tibet and conservation of their human rights.

She also demanded the freedom of travelling within the boundaries of Tibet without the need of any identity proof for all Tibetans. Chinese authorities put her through severe interrogation sessions and gravely mistreated her. She was put in Mianyang prison and after serving time for a year, she was finally released.

Now, out of prison, Dolker suffers from poor eyesight due to complete negligence and her body bears numerous scars from the torture she was subjected to while in prison. Not only has she been harassed mentally, her joints have been incapacitated of movement so much so that she cannot walk or move without assistance.

Tashi Dolker is the daughter of Late Tsering Gelek and mother, Lhama Yangtso. Her brother, Tashi Palden was a part of the protest against the Chinese oppression in Karze in 2008. During the protest, Palden was arrested and brutally assaulted and tortured owing to which his body has also been completely incapacitated.

On returning home from prison, Palden discovered that not only had his body failed, but he had also lost hearing in both his ears. Their mother, unable to bear the trauma and torture faced by her children, passed away soon after.

Choenyi Lhamo, another nun who was arrested from the same nunnery on June 20 2011. Sources said, she was in protest against the Chinese government repressive rule and was found chanting slogans like 'His Holiness the Dalai Lama should return to Tibet' and 'religious freedom for Tibet'.

According to the sources, She also distributed leaflets to the local people. Lhamo was then arrested by the Chinese authorities and for three months after her arrest, her whereabouts were completely unknown.

After serving three years in the Mianyang women's prison in Sichuan Province, China, she was released on 19 June, 2013 at approximately 9:00 am (local Tibet time). She was sentenced for three years but was released before completing her sentence period.

When asked why she was released earlier than her term, the officials merely said that they had received orders from higher authorities asking to release her.

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