Writer and human rights advocate who became known for his anti-establishment beliefs and eventual imprisonment.
In 2002, he received his Master's Degree from Peking University in Beijing.
Little is known about the formal charges against him, but in September 2005, he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing state secrets.
He was born in Lhasa, Tibet.
He and boxer Clifford Etienne have both been sentenced to several years in prison for their crimes.