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[17 October 2012] There are concerns for the well-being of three Tibetans who have been critical of the Chinese government's rule over Tibet. Jigme Guri, since his arrest in August 2011, has been refused medication, family visits and independent legal representation; Runggye Adak, imprisoned in 2007, has been severely beaten by prison guards; and, Jigme Gyatso, assistant to filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, has been missing since 20 September.

TAKE ACTION: please write to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK on behalf of all three Tibetans (details below).

Jigme Guri  I  Runggye Adak Jigme Gyatso Take Action

Jigme Guri
Jigme GuriThere are concerns for the health and welfare of Jigme Guri, who has been detained since August 2011. Jigme Guri is also understood not to have had access to independent legal representation and has only been allowed one visit by a family member.

Jigme Guri (aka Labrang Jigme or Jigme Gyatso), a monk from Labrang monastery in Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) prefecture, Amdo (Gansu province), was arrested on 20 August 2011 by the Chinese authorities. There was no information about his case until 1 January 2012, when it was announed that Jigme had been charged with activities aimed at splitting the country.

According to various sources, two Chinese lawyers, appointed by Jigme Guri's family, were informed that Jigme's case had been heard by a court six months previously and that his crime was suspicion of instigating anti-nationalist separatism. The lawyers, prevented from woking on the case, had to go back to Beijing. Further details of the reasons for Jigme Guri's arrest, charges, court proceedings and outcome are not known.

Since his arrest, Jigme Guri has been only allowed one visit from his family, in November 2011, which lasted for ten minutes. During the brief visit, Jigme relayed information that he had not received any medication despite receiving a medical examination. Jigme also refused food that his brother brought, as officials were filming the visit and he believed that the footage would be used as 'proof' that he was being treated well.

During the visit, Jigme also reiterated his innocence. He told his brother If you think that I am a criminal, send me to court for a trial. If I really committed a crime, well then I will gladly accept my sentence, even if it is the death sentence."

Jigme Guri has been detained three times previosly. In 2008, he was arrested following protests by fellow monks at Labrang monastery. During his month-long detention, he was tortured and had to be hospitalised. Upon his release he recorded a 20-minute video statement about his ill-treatment and the Chinese government's crackdown in Tibet.

Further reading:
ICT I Phayul I Background

Runggye Adak
Runggye AdakThere are concerns for the health and well-being of Runggye Adak, a Tibetan nomad who was imprisoned for eight years in 2007 after giving an impromptu speech calling for the return of the Dalai Lama at a public gathering.

According to Atruk Tseten, nephew of Runggye Adak and a member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, 57 year-old Runggye Adak has been harshly beaten by prison guards. As a result of the severe beatings... Runggye Adaks hearing is impaired and is suffering from a damaged eye, Tseten said. He has also complained of acute leg pain.

Runggye Adak is being kept in solitary confinement in Mianyang prison in Sichuan province.

On 1 August 2007, Runggye Adak addressed a crowd of several thousand Tibetans, who had gathered for the annual Lithang horse-racing festival. Runggye took the microphone on the stage and said, If we cannot invite the Dalai Lama home, we will not have freedom of religion and happiness in Tibet. The crowd applauded loudly. He also called for the release of the Panchen Lama (abducted by the Chinese authorities in 1995) and Tenzin Delek Rinpoche (a Tibetan political prisoner and respected lama). Runggye was promptly arrested by Chinese security personnel.

The Chinese government referred to Runggye's action as a "major political incident", charged him with "provocation to subvert state power and sentenced him to eight years in prison.

Further reading: Phayul I Background

Jigme Gyatso
Jigme GyatsoJigme Gyatso (aka Golog Jigme), who helped Dhondup Wangchen to make the film "Leaving Fear Behind", has been missing since 20 September and is feared to have been detained by the Chinese authorities.

In March 2008, Jigme Gyatso was arrested along with Dhondup Wangchen and detained for seven months without charge during which time he was ill-treated. Jigme Gyatso was re-arrested in October 2009 and detained for 40 days. He has been under near-constant surveillance by Chinese security with his movements routinely restricted. According to sources quoted by Filming for Tibet, Jigme was last seen on 20 September in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province and was understood to be travelling to Tsoe (Ch: Hezuo), also in Gansu.

Dhondup Wangchen is currently serving a six year prison sentence for making Leaving Fear Behind.

UPDATE 6 November: Confirmation has been received that Jigme Gyatso has been re-arrested by the Chinese authorities. It is not clear for the reasons of the arrest... read more

Further reading: Phayul I Filming for Tibet I Background

Take Action
Write to Mr Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese Ambassador to the UK (or the Ambassador in your country), urging the Chinese government to:
provide details of the charges against Jigme Guri (from Labrang monastery), to clarify the legal process, to provide reassurance he is being allowed visits by his family in prison, and to release him immediately if there is no evidence that he commited a criminal act.
immediately and unconditionally release Runggye Adak, who was unjustly imprisoned in 2007 for expressing his opinion, a basic freedom guaranteed under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
provide any required medical treatment and medication for Jigme Guri and Runggye Adak and ensure they are not further tortured or ill-treated.
provide details of the whereabouts and condition of Jigme Gyatso (aka Golog Jigme) and information of the charges being brought against him.

In the UK write to:

Name: Ambassador Liu Xiaoming

Address: Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China
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