Yeshe Choedron is a retired medical doctor. She has been in prison since 2008, when she was arrested in Lhasa and later sentenced to 15 years in jail for “espionage”. Her arrest and imprisonment are believed to be linked to her participation in the 2008 protests and her human rights activism.
Yeshe Choedron is a mother and has not been able to see her children since her sentence. According to sources in Tibet, she is also in very bad health. She is believed to be in Drapchi Prison in Lhasa.
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Add your voice to our action, calling on the Tibet Autonomous Region Governor to release Yeshe Choedron:
Dear Che Dalha,
We are writing to you to express our deepest concerns regarding the case of Yeshe Choedron (益西曲珍), who has been in prison since 2008. We urge you to promptly reveal her present whereabouts and to push for her immediate release through medical parole.
Yeshe Choedron is a former medical practitioner and a mother of two. She was detained on 14 March 2008 after she took part in peaceful demonstrations. She was later charged with espionage and accused of gathering and sharing “intelligence and information harmful to the security and interests of the state”. In November 2008 she was sentenced to a 15-year prison term.
Although Yeshe Choedron is believed to be in Drapchi Prison, the authorities have not permitted her to receive visitors and her current detention conditions are unknown. Of particular concern is her health condition. Yeshe Choedron is known to be in poor health and the lack of information on her current condition and location raises concerns that she may be subject to torture or other forms of ill-treatment.
With these concerns in mind, we urge you, in your capacity as chairman of the People’s Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region, to:
- Immediately disclose the whereabouts of Yeshe Choedron
- Do everything in your power to ensure that she is released from prison on medical parole
- Ensure that so long as she remains in prison, Yeshe Choedron is permitted to receive visits from family, and that she has access to a lawyer and any medical treatment that she may need
- Ensure that the government of the Tibet Autonomous Region immediately ends the practices of enforced disappearances in Tibet, and the use of evidence extracted through torture in trials, in compliance with China’s Criminal Procedure Law
We are looking forward to your immediate response,