News and Views on Tibet

China arrests library director of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Lobsang Thapkhae in an undated photo (Phayul photo)

By Tenzin Nyidon

DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 5: Chinese authorities in eastern Tibet’s Ngaba region have reportedly arrested and detained Lobsang Thapkhe, the library director of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba for a period of eight months, according to a source based in Dharamshala. The charges against him allege that he was involved in the publication of Tibetan scriptures from outside Tibet and maintaining contact outside Tibet.

A source in exile told Phayul on the condition of anonymity that, the Chinese authorities arrested Lobsang Thapkhe in June 2023. His arbitrary detention and arrest is linked to his contacts outside Tibet and his involvement in publishing books received from three major Gelug monasteries in Southern India. 

Lobsang Thapkhe, the library director of Kirti Monastery has been in detention for over eight months, following his arrest by Chinese authorities. Despite the passage of time, there is a lack of detailed information on whether a sentence has been passed, contributing to heightened concerns over the transparency and fairness of legal proceedings. Ngaba County, situated in Tibet’s traditional province of Amdo, remains one of the most restive regions in occupied Tibet.

Lobsang Thapke, aged 54, is a native of Meuruma village in Ngaba County.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *