China - Monk who helped make Tibet documentary says he was tortured while in prison6

    MONTREAL, Oct. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is relieved to
learn that Jigme Gyatso, a Buddhist monk who was arrested for helping to make
a documentary about Tibet, was released last week but the organisation is
outraged that he was tortured during the seven months he was held.
    "Yet again we have evidence that torture is still being used in Tibetan
prisons," Reporters Without Borders said. "The Chinese authorities must
provide an explanation for this disgraceful affair. Since the events of March,
the government has prevented the dissemination of any reports about the
situation in Tibet and many dissidents have been arrested. A climate of fear
has taken hold in the towns and around the monasteries."
    Jigme Gyatso assisted Dhondup Wangchen as a cameraman in making the
documentary. They were arrested in March, shortly after they finished filming.
Jigme Gyatso was released conditionally on 15 October from a prison in the
city of Kachu, in Ganzu province.
    According to Filming For Tibet, the Swiss-based company that produced the
documentary, Jigme Gyatso has returned to Labrang Tashikyil monastery in Gansu
province, but it is not yet clear if the charges against have been dropped.
"He was told by the authorities that he will remain under observation and that
his probation will last one year," the production company said.
    The Swiss producers also passed on his account of the brutal
interrogations to which he was subjected after being arrested. "The
interrogators beat him continuously and hanged him by his feet from the
ceiling for hours and kept him tied for days on the interrogation chair," they
    Called Leaving Fear Behind (, the 25-minute
documentary consists of a series of interview with Tibetans in the Amdo region
in which they express their views on the Dalai Lama, the Olympic Games and
Chinese legislation. The maker of the documentary, Dhondup Wangchen, is still
detained in Ershilipu prison in Xining province.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111,

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