By Tenzin Monlam
Lobsang Jinpa in an undated photo. file photo
DHARAMSHALA, November 16: A Tibetan monk from the Nyatso Zilkar Monastery has been released from a Chinese prison in Qinghai Province after completing his five-year prison sentence.
Lobsang Jinpa, who was arrested for writing a song in honor of the late 10th Panchen Lama in 2012, was released on October 30 and has returned to his hometown.
“He was charged with collaborating with a Tibetan singer, Lo Lo, in composing and production of a music album containing a song in memory of the late Panchen Lama,” a source told Radio Free Asia. “He was accused of writing the lyrics of that song,” the source said.
The source also added that due to restrictions imposed on the Internet and other communications during the lead-up to the 19th National Party Congress, held in Beijing, the news of his release was delayed in reaching outside Tibet.
As of now the condition of his health is still unknown. However, he was earlier reported to have been suffering from liver and kidney problems. It was also reported that the Chinese officials denied him of proper treatment.
The 35-year-old monk from Nyatso Zilkar Monastery in Tridu County was arrested along with Tsultrim Kalsang and three other monks from the same monastery in a raid conducted by hundreds of Chinese officials in 2012.
Son of Tagyal and Pema Tsomo, Lobsang Jinpa was initially arrested for taking part in ‘separatist activities’ along with several other monks. It was reported that he was severely beaten before his release after a brief detention in 2012. He was later arrested again.
In 2012, around 400 monks from the Zilkar monastery led a protest march to Zatoe town with banners, written in blue and red ink, symbolic of the two protector deities of Tibet, calling for the Dalai Lama’s return, release of Tibetan political prisoners including the 11th Panchen Lama and respect for Tibetan lives.