Beijing – Three Tibetan Buddhist nuns were sentenced to three years in prison by a court in south-western China’s Sichuan province after they called for freedom and the return of the exiled Dalai Lama, a human rights group said Friday.

The court in Sichuan’s restive Kardze county sentenced the three women after they shouted slogans, including ‘free Tibet’ and ‘let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet,’ the India-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy reported on its website.

 The group quoted sources in Kardze as saying that officials confirmed that Jampa Choedon, 31, Sheh Lhamo, 21, and Yangchen, 28, were sentenced on July 2.

The nuns from Kardze’s Gyemadrak Nunnery were arrested on June 15 during a protest in the county town’s main street, it said.

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