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Nyima Lhamo, Escaped Tibetan activist, niece of Buddhist monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche who died in Chinese prison
Feb. 21, 2017

On arrest of her uncle, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche:

  • “My uncle was arbitrarily arrested in the middle of a night in 2002; at the time of his arrest I was only 12 years old. I was hopeful that he would be released soon as he had committed no crime; I was wrong. He was imprisoned for 13 years and died in prison. . .”
  • “He told us prison authorities subjected him to serious torture. My uncle showed no hatred, he practiced compassion. . .”

On Rinpoche’s suspicious death in prison:

  • “[Before my uncle died], we were contacted by the prison authorities and told that we could meet him. However, they then kept postponing the meeting. Eventually we were informed of his death. We were shocked. We were not allowed to see his body, and [they] would not return his ashes. . . We protested to have his body returned. I even attempted to kill myself. I thought if I committed suicide this would attract international attention.”

On China’s repression in Tibet:

  • “We were banned from organizing public prayer in memory of my uncle.”
  • “The challenges and trauma my family has been subjected to, is just one of many cases in Tibet. Tibetans in Tibet aspire to this kind of opportunity, a free space to share their stories.”