Translated by Tashi Namgyal
Edited by Yangchen Tso
On 10 June 2021, Lobsang Tashi, a former head of prayer session in Ngaba Kirti Monasteries was suddenly arrested by the Chinese police. After a few months, he was reportedly sentenced to three years imprisonment after a secret trial. Currently, he is serving his time in Mian Yang Prison.
According to a reliable source of Tibet Times, the Chinese authorities arrested and jailed him on trumped-up charges of conducting general prayer sessions during the Covid-19 pandemic, not following orders of the concerned office, hindering to hoist the Chinese flag in Kirti monastery, and making offers for the deceased to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kirti Rinpoche. Detailed information remains unknown.
The Honorable Lobsang Tashi, aged 43, hails from the sixth small village, upper Nomad town, Ngaba County, Tibet. He is the second to youngest among his seven siblings and his late father’s name is Sherab. He enrolled at Ngaba Kirti monastery when was young and completed his duty as a chant master. Following that, while serving in Kirti monastery, Tashi Lhundup Ling monastery and Dhongre Kirti monastery as a monk vocalist, the Chinese police arrested him suddenly and imprisoned.