Prisoner of the Month March 2005 Ngawang Phulchung

Tibetan monk Ngawang Pulchung was first detained in 1987 after participating in a peaceful demonstration demanding human rights and the right to self-determination for Tibetans.

Following international pressure Pulchung was released in January 1988 but was re-arrested together with three other monks in April 1989 for ‘forming a counter-revolutionary group’. The group had published a complete Tibetan translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and had also criticized human rights abuses in Tibet.

Ngawang Pulchung was sentenced to nineteen years in prison followed by five years’ deprivation of his political rights, on charges of ‘organizing and joining a counter-revolutionary clique and spreading counter-revolutionary propaganda and inflammatory disinformation’, ‘seriously undermining national security’ and ‘collecting intelligence and passing it on to the enemy’.

Pulchung has protested against the detention conditions in Drapchi prison, where he is currently held. Prisoners have reportedly been beaten and placed in solitary confinement on several occasions.

Please send appeals to


His Excellency Hu Jintao

President of the People’s Republic of China

c/o His Excellency

Ambassador Zha Peixin,

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China,

49-51 Portland Place,

London W1N 3AH

Fax: 020 7636 2981

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