Letter: Free at last!

Tuesday, May 21 2013

Dear Editor,

Good news! One Tibetan prisoner of conscience has been released after 17 years in Chinese prisons. Many people on Gabriola have signed letters on behalf of Jigme Gyatso, now 52, a monk whose crimes were posting leaflets calling for Tibet independence and shouting “Long live the Dalai Lama!” during a prison visit by delegates from the European Union. He was harshly mistreated after speaking to Manfred Nowak, then United Nations special rapporteur on torture, who recommended his release in 2005. Our small Amnesty group on Gabriola has been advocating for Jigme Gyatso for the past 15 years, and it is heartening to hear that he has been returned to his hometown in Gansu province, though reported to be in very poor health. Thank you to all who have contributed to the campaign for his release. 

Unfortunately, many Tibetans remain imprisoned for political crimes, and we will continue to write on their behalf.

~ Patsy Ludwick