Tibet : A Monk From Shingtri Monastery Disappeared
Thupten Yeshe, a 29 year old monk who is from Shingtri monastery, Tso-ngon area, north-eastern Tibet and has been reported missing.The monk is from Tende village in Ba County,north-eastern Tibet.Thupten was brought in Ba County by his father Kadho Gyab, and mother Kako, in a family with two sisters and five brothers.On the 14th of March of this year a number of monks from Shingtri monastery protested against the Chinese government's policies in Tibet.During the protest many monks and lay people were arrested by the Chinese police and most were released after a certain period of time.
However, the Chinese authorities declared that Thupten Yeshe was the leader of the protest and therefore he was arrested.
After the arrests two of the arrested monks were sentenced for over a year's imprisonment and also four monks named Yeshe Dorjee, Tenzin Rangshar, Tsultrim Rinchen, and Lobsang have disappeared.
According to the Chinese authorities the monks were said to be 'serious criminals'. The relatives are said to be very concerned about the disappearance of these individuals.
It is difficult to gather photos and further information about disappeared monks since the Chinese censorship and control over the media in Tibet.