Our Group’s Letters of Concern Helped Release Ngawang Phulchng of Tibet.
Ngawang Phulchng and four other unnamed Drepung Monks were released. They were the last monks of the original ‘Group of Ten’ detained in 1989 by the Chinese Government for undertaking peaceful political activities which called for a free and independent Tibet. They were released from Drapchi Prison in October 21, 2007.
The Drepung monks’ ‘crimes’ included printing and distributing copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Global Importune letter signing group began sending letters of concern on behalf of Ngawang Phulchng to officials in the government of China sometime around November 1998.
The national and international outcry helped secured the release of Ngawang Phulchng on October 21, 1998.
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