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Go Sherab Gyatso: Prominent Tibetan Monk Tortured in Jail

Go Sherab Gyatso. From Twitter.
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Well-known as author and lecturer, he was sentenced to ten years in November 2021.

Human rights activists are denouncing on social media that a well-known Tibetan monk’s health is seriously deteriorating as a result of torture he is subjected to in Lhasa’s Qushui Prison.

Go Sherab Gyatso is a monk born on September 9 , 1976, in Khashi village, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, an autonomous prefecture in Sichuan province that has a majority of Tibetan inhabitants. It is also known as the world capital of self-immolation by Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) oppression.

Go Sherab Gyatso became a monk in the autonomous prefecture, and later went to Lhasa to continue his Buddhist studies. He became well-known as an author and lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism in Sichuan and beyond.

He was first arrested in 1998, as he refused to participate in forced political indoctrination imposed on Buddhist monks in Sichuan, and sentenced to three and a half years in jail. He was abused in prison and contracted chronic lung disease.

In 2008, during the crackdown on Tibetan monks and activists aimed at preventing protests during the Beijing Olympics, he was arrested again and kept in prison for another year.

In 2011, he was arrested for the third time for having criticized CCP’s policies in his articles and books. In 2013, upon his release, he was allowed to attend Sun Yat-sen University in Guangdong to study Western philosophy.

Go Sherab Gyatso lecturing. From Freetibet.org.
Go Sherab Gyatso lecturing. From Freetibet.org.

On October 26, 2020, he was arrested again under the accusation of “separatism.” That he had been arrested and why was only confirmed by the Chinese government after it received a letter from the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances In 2021, Go Sherab Gyatso was tried in Lhasa, Tibet, and sentenced to ten years.

In jail, treatments for his lung disease are not adequate and his health is deteriorating, which led international NGOs to advocate for his release. News that he is being tortured in prison have now surfaced on social media through credible sources, making the popular monk’s situation even worse.

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