Tibetan monk dies from torture in Chinese detention

Phuntsok Lhundup aka Kalden, (right), a Tibetan monk from Drepung Monastery, who died from torture in a Chinese detention centre in Lhasa in August 2009 after he was arrested for protesting against the Chinese government on 10 March 2008.

Phuntsok Lhundup aka Kalden, (right), a Tibetan monk from Drepung Monastery, died from torture in a Chinese detention centre in Lhasa in August 2009 after he was arrested for protesting against the Chinese government on 10 March 2008. His elder brother Samdup, a monk from the same monastery, was also arrested on the same day, and his whereabouts remain unknown. TCHRD handout

By Tibet Sun Newsroom

DHARAMSHALA, India, 10 September 2009

A Tibetan monk from Drepung Monastery died from torture in a Chinese detention centre in Lhasa in August, according to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

The monk, Phuntsok Lhundup, 32, from Drepung Monastery, died after a prolonged period of confinement, torture and maltreatment. His dead body was handed over to his distant relatives in Lhasa City in mid-August 2009, TCHRD reports, citing sources in Tibet.

He was known as Kalden before be became a monk, and hails from Tso-doe Township in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

On 10 March last year, Phuntsok was among 300 monks from Drepung Monastery who marched towards Lhasa city to protest against the Chinese government. However, they were stopped before they got to the city, and arrested by Chinese security forces. He was one of many monks arrested on that day.

His whereabouts remained unknown after his arrest. No one, including his relatives and the monks at the Drepung Monastery, were informed of his detention in Lhasa.

The sources also told TCHRD that his elder brother Samdup, a monk from the same monastery, was arrested by the Lhasa Public Security Bureau on the same day. Samdup’s whereabouts remain unknown.


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