Norzin Wagmo, a Tibetan political prisoner, was released in March this year after becoming gravely ill as a result of three years of torture and imprisonment.
[Posted on T.T Tibetan site 04 May 2022] A mother of three, Norzin Wangmo was held at a women’s prison facility in Kyegudo, Yushul where she suffered severe torture and extended periods of forced labor, resulting in her entire body being severely injured. She was sent to her home temporary for medical treatment. However, she was closely monitored and not allowed to visit any hospitals and is being treated at her home. Despite being allowed to seek treatment at home, she is not able to receive proper medical attention as her movements are closely monitored.
As per information received by Tibet Times, on May 2nd, Norzin Wagmo was transferred from a women’s prison in Kyegudo to Chumarleb County police station and her family was notified to pick her up from there. She was eventually handed over to her family and was escorted to her home under the supervision of three district police officers. Her hands, legs, and body had multiple bruises and marks of injury as a result of being repeatedly tortured with electric cattle prods in prison. Due to the extent of her injury, she could not move her body and needs two people to help her move in and out of her house.
In May 2020, the Chumarleb County People’s Court in a secret trial sentenced Norzin Wangmo to three years in prison on the charges of spreading information of Tenzin Sherab’s self-immolation which took place on May 27, 2013 in Chumarleb County.
Over the years, many Tibetans have suffered at the hands of the Chinese authorities for refusing to accept accusations of “leaking state secrets” and “colluding with separatists,” resulting in severe punishment and torture in prison. There have been numerous incidents of ‘death in detention’ and many cases of Tibetans dying just days or weeks after being released before the completion of their sentence due to severe deterioration of their health or bad injuries as a result of torture.
Norzin Wangmo was a resident of Tridhu County until she married and settled in Yushul’s Chumarleb County, leading a nomadic life. Her husband’s name is Nyima, and they have three children aged between two to five.