UPDATE: Jigme Guri has been moved from prison to a hospital but details of his current health are unclear
In September 2014 Jigme Gyatso, a high-profile Tibetan monk and political prisoner (popularly known as Jigme Guri), was sentenced to 5 years in prison for “splittist activities.” He had been “disappeared” for 2 years prior to his sentence without access to his family or legal defence.
In 2008 Jigme Gyatso exposed Chinese torture methods to the world via a media interview in which he described his treatment after he was detained during the 2008 Uprising. Jigme Gyatso described how during his detention, he was kept continuously handcuffed in one position for many days and nights. During interrogation sessions he was suspended from the ceiling while his interrogators beat him and told him he must confess.
TAKE ACTION: Send a Message to China to immediately release Jigme Guri
Dear Party Secretary
I am writing to express my deep concern about the sentencing of Jigme Guri [Ch: 久美果日] to five years in prison for merely exercising his right to free expression.
As Party Secretary of Gansu Province, you are ultimately responsible for the well-being of individuals arrested under your jurisdiction. I therefore call on you to immediately release Jigme Guri who has been charged with “actions to split the nation”.
I demand that you immediately and unconditionally release Jigme Guri, who has committed no crime but has exercised his right to free expression by speaking out against the torture and oppression experienced by himself and by the Tibetan people.