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UK lawmakers denounce execution of Tibetans by Chinese government

November 4, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 30, 2009

Dharamshala -- An 'Early Day Motion' tabled in
the British Parliament Monday condemned the
Chinese government for recent executions of two
Tibetans for their alleged involvement in the
protests in Tibet's Lhasa last year.

The motion forwarded by Harry Cohen, Chair of the
All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, with
cross party support, called on the foreign
secretary to press the Chinese government on the
whereabouts of three Tibetans, who each received
death sentences with a two year reprieve.

In April this year three Tibetans - Tenzin
Phuntsok, Kangtsuk and Penkyi, aged 21 of Sakya
County - were issued suspended death sentence
each with a two-year reprieve by the Lhasa Intermediate People's Court.

"The House is shocked and saddened by the news of
the deplorable judicial executions of Lobsang
Gyaltsen and Loyak in Lhasa on 20 October 2009," the motion noted.

Two more Tibetans - Penkyi and an unidentified
person- were also executed on 20 October,
according to information received by the Central Tibetan Administration.

The motion fully supported the Minister of
State's condemnation of these executions and the
doubts expressed in his statement on the lack of
due legal processes in these cases.

It urged the British Government to state clearly
what measures it will take to ensure the Chinese
government reviews the cases of those who remain
under sentence of death for their alleged involvement in last year's unrest.

The motion further called on the government to
obtain clarification on reports that two further
Tibetans were executed at the same time and, if
the report is verified, under what legal
processes these executions were carried out since
there is no information on any other Tibetans
having received death sentences without reprieve.

The Tibet Society has called on its members and
the UK-Tibet supporters to contact their MPs to sign the motion.

Cross party MPs from the All Party Parliamentary
Group for Tibet have also written directly to the
Foreign Secretary, David Miliband to follow up on the motion.
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