37-year-old Jamyang Jinpa was one of a group monks from Labrang Monastery who openly protested China’s suppression of human rights and religious freedoms in 2008. Jinpa was the only one of the protesters who did not go into hiding and was subsequently seized by the Chinese police at the monastery. Jinpa was detained and tortured for ten days by the police, almost “to the point of death,” according to a report from the Tibetan government-in-exile. Jinpa never fully recovered from his injuries and passed away on Sunday.
The report outlines a few facts about Jinpa’s life:
” Jamyang Jinpa was born to Lobsang and Tselo at Sangkhog in Labrang.
In 1993, he visited India and studied at TCV school at Suja.
In 1996, he returned to Tibet to pursue his religious studies at Labrang Tashikhyi Monastery.
He also worked as guide to visitors during his stay at the monastery as he could speak a little bit of English.”