Tibetan Buddhist monks, Go Sherab Gyatso and Rinchen Tsultrim. Photo: TPI

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Dharamshala, India — Four UN human rights bodies and experts have raised the cases of two detained Tibetan Buddhist monks, Go Sherab Gyatso and Rinchen Tsultrim with the Chinese government in July, and China responds to the questions from UN human rights bodies on Tibetan detainees in August 2021.

On July 16, 2021, the four independent UN human rights bodies and their experts, the Working Group on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearances, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the special rapporteur on minority issues, and the Special rapporteur freedom of religion or belief, sent a joint letter to the Chinese government regarding the detention or disappearance of Go Sherab Gyatso and Rinchen Tsultrim.

According to a source of International Campaign for Tibet, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations responds to the questions from UN human rights bodies and experts on two detained Tibetan Buddhist monks, Go Sherab Gyatso and Rinchen Tsultrim on August 27, 2021.

Chinese government confirms that Rinchen Tsultrim was detained on August 2, 2019, and sentenced him to a term of four years and six months imprisonment and three years’ deprivation of political rights for “inciting secession” by the Aba Prefecture Intermediate People’s Court on 27 November 2020. Chinese authorities claim that he had posted messages on the Chinese social media app(WeChat) that “endangered national unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity and undermined social stability.”

The mission of the People's Republic of China also confirmed that Go Sherab Gyatso was detained on October 26, 2020, by "the Chinese State security organs" on suspicion of "inciting secession" and on 3 February 2021, the Lhasa City Intermediate People’s Court has held a hearing on the case, but no verdict has yet been issued.

 

 

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