Tibetan Buddhist nun leaves China for U.S. – Joe McDonald
From AP via San Jose Mercury News (link)
A Tibetan Buddhist nun who spent 15 years in prison on political charges was allowed to leave China and flew to the United States on Wednesday, a U.S. activist announced.
Phuntsog Nyidron was released from prison in 2004 but her movements were restricted and she was refused a passport until recently, according John Kamm, president of the Dui Hua Foundation in San Francisco.
Phuntsog Nyidron’s departure from China comes ahead of a visit to Washington by Chinese President Hu Jintao. But Kamm, who has helped to arrange the release of other prisoners, said he didn’t know whether the decision to let her leave was connected to Hu’s trip.