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13 July, 2015

The death of 65 year old Trulku Tenzin Delek Rinpcohe is being reported by several news services. Trulku Tenzin Delek had been held in Chinese prison since 2002. Suffering with a serious heart condition since at least 2009, he had been denied medical treatment by the Chinese authorities.

As reported online, "Tibetan sources said Trulku’s advocacy to develop social, medical, educational and religious institutions for Tibetan nomads in eastern Tibet and his work for environmental conservation in the face of indiscriminate logging and mining projects had earned him the wrath of the Chinese authorities in the region."

“Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was an innocent monk who suffered over 13 years of unjust imprisonment, torture and abuse in a Chinese prison for simply advocating for the rights and wellbeing of his people and for expressing his devotion to His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” said his cousin Geshe Nyima. “The Chinese government must immediately release his body so that our family and community may perform the last Buddhist religious rites.”

Read more at, U.K.Guardian

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