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[Amherst] Freedom in Chains
December 10, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Former political prisoner Ngawang Sangdrol will be giving a talk on her efforts to exercise human rights in Tibet and her experience in Chinese prison on Human Rights Day (December 10th) at UMass Amherst.
Ngawang Sangdrol, a nun at the Garu Nunnery north of Lhasa, was first detained for protesting against the Chinese occupation of Tibet at the age of 10. After being detained multiple times due to peaceful demonstrations, she was imprisoned at the age of 15.
However, she continued to protest for a free Tibet while in prison which led to her prison sentence being extended from 3 to 23 years. Many times, she was severely beaten and abused at the hands of prison officials for her efforts to raise awareness about Tibetan occupation at the hands of the Chinese government. Ngawang Sangdrol was finally released in 2002 for good behavior after being imprisoned for 21 years.