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Tibetan Activist Kunchok Jinpa Dies Of Torture And Abuse In Chinese Prison

“Jinpa was arrested by the Chinese police on November 8, 2013, and later sentenced to 21 years of imprisonment by the Chinese authorities for allegedly ‘leaking state secrets’ and for sharing information to foreign media,” said Yadhar, a Tibetan man living in India.
(Kunchok Jinpa, a Tibetan man from Kham Driru, eastern Tibet, died of Chinese police’s brutality carried out against him inside a prison. He breathed his last in a hospital in Lhasa, Tibet. Photo Courtesy: TPI)

By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- A Tibetan man, identified as Kunchok Jinpa, has died of the brutality of Chinese police inside a Chinese prison after staying in India for more than 10 years.

Kunchok Jinpa was from Kham Driru County of Tibet and died after suffering from the injuries and beating of the Chinese police while he was in prison, on February 6, 2021.

Jinpa, 51, passed away in a hospital in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet after being transferred to the hospital from prison in November, 2020, according to Tibet Post International.

Jinpa suffered from brain hemorrhage and was paralyzed due to ill-treatment and torture while he was in the Chinese prison.

“Jinpa was arrested by the Chinese police on November 8, 2013, and later sentenced to 21 years of imprisonment by the Chinese authorities for allegedly ‘leaking state secrets’ and for sharing information to foreign media,” said Yadhar, a Tibetan man living in India.

After serving seven years in prison, Jinpa was hospitalized in November, 2020, because of torture and beating in the prison. On January 29, 2021, Chinese authorities asked his family members and relatives to donate blood to Jinpa, but they were not allowed to see him at first.

Later when they met him, he was suffering from brain hemorrhage and was paralyzed and unrecognizable.

In September 2013, Tibetans from Driru county protested after Chinese authorities in the area forced Tibetans in several villages to fly the Chinese national flag at the top of their houses, days before China’s national day on October 1, 2013. Three Tibetans were killed at the time and hundreds of Tibetans were detained, Kunchok was among the detainees.

Jinpa was a former monk at Gom Gonsar monastery (Choekor Jampaling) in Driru County. He came to India in 1989 and studied at Jangchubling Monastery in Dehradun for 18 months. Later, he joined Tibetan Children’s Village School, Suja, Bir in India and graduated in 1996 from there. Later he studied at Central University for Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, UP.

In 1998, he returned to Tibet and where he worked as a tour guide since he was good in four languages; Tibetan, English, Hindi and Chinese. “He used to talk about the importance of unity among Tibetans as well as education and economic development. He was truly patriotic and dared to face China’s unfair policies in Tibet. In April 2013, he told his countrymen in India that he is not afraid of being arrested and killed. And that he has no regret, but from then on, he will not be able to send information of what is happening in Tibet. He told them if there is no word from him, that means he has been arrested,” Yadhar said.

In May 2013, about 5,000 Tibetans protested against attempts by a Chinese company to build roads and set up power lines at the sacred Naglha Dzamba Mountain in Diru County, on the pretext of building hydroelectric projects.

Protests also broke out in 2010 against China’s attempts to mine the sacred mountain. In May 2013, when about 5,000 Tibetans protested against attempts by a Chinese company to build roads and set up power lines at the sacred Naglha Dzamba Mountain in Diru County, Kunchok Jinpa sent reports and pictures to BBC as well as to Tibetans in India on how Driru’s situation became serious and how many people were arrested.

Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of Central Tibetan Administration stated, “The tragic news of Kunchok Jinpa’s death due to torture and mistreatment while in Chinese prison comes barely a month after a similar death of 19-year-old Tenzin Nyima. China’s pervasive use of torture on prisoners of conscience is not unknown to the world.”

“There are hundreds of Tibetans illegally held and tortured for their defiance of China’s rule over Tibet.” Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay urged for international intervention and said, “The international community and UN human rights experts must intervene and investigate these cases of arbitrary detention, conviction without due process, torturing and killing of Tibetans by the Chinese government.”

On January 19, 2020, Tenzin Nyima, 19-year old monk from Dza Wonpo, Sershul county, Karze died after experiencing serious torments and repeated beatings at the hands of Chinese authorities while he was still under Chinese custody.

In August 2020, Lhamo, a 36-year-old mother of three from Driru county, also died due to ill-treatment and torture in Chinese custody.

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