07
Nov
07

China Releases Tibetan Monk from Prison After 18 Years

PEN American Center today hailed the release of Ven. Ngawang Phulchung, a senior monk of Drepung Monastery in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa who was jailed in 1989 for publishing literature critical of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The release came six months before his sentence was due to expire, and marked the end of one of the longest imprisonments of any political prisoner in Tibet.

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