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Tibetan doctor in custody again over alleged self-immolation links

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Self-immolation-Protest-Tibet-2016Dharamshala — A Tibetan doctor has allegedly been taken into custody again after he was released in January by police in China's Gansu province, according to sources in the region.

According to local sources, Khedrup, a monk and doctor of traditional medicine from Gansu’s Machu (in Chinese, Maqu) county in the Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, was detained on April 18, and “No reason was given for his detention,” TPI's source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“His family members and friends in the community are worried that he may now be put on trial,” the source said.

50 year old Khedrup was originally detained on December 14th and held for over a month before being released. Police suspected Khedrup of allegedly sending photos and video clips of the December 8, 2016 self-immolation protest of Machu resident Tashi Rabten to international media, a previous report said.

“He was held for over a month in Machu county, and during that time was interrogated and tortured, suffering beatings and other mistreatment at the hands of the police,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Before his release on January 21st, authorities allegedly warned Khedrup, the resident doctor at Machu’s Mura monastery, not to discuss with “outsiders” any details of what had happened to him while in detention, the source said.

“They said they would be closely watching his daily movements and activities, and warned him that he could be arrested again.”

Tashi Rabten, 33, set himself ablaze on December 8 at about 7:00 p.m. local time on a road leading from the Machu county center to the Machu Bridge, local sources said following the protest.

"Rabten was protesting against Chinese policies in Tibet," TPI's sources said in previous reports, adding, "His charred body was taken away by Chinese police."

"He shouted slogans such as 'Long life His Holiness the Dalai Lama', 'The return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama return to Tibet,' and 'The release of Panchen Lama Gendun Chokyi Nyima,' sources previously told TPI, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Tibet was invaded by Communist China in 1949. Since that time, over 1.2 million out of 6 million Tibetans have been killed, over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed and acts of murder, rape, arbitrary imprisonment, torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment were inflicted on the Tibetans inside Tibet. Beijing continues to call this a "peaceful liberation".

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:21 )  


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