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Tibet Support Group in Spain to file an extension of their lawsuit against Chinese authorities for recent crimes

July 10, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul
July 9, 2008

New Delhi, July 9 - Tibet Support Group (Comité de Apoyo al Tibet) is
set to file an augmentation of their initial lawsuit that was
admitted January 10, 2006 accusing Chinese leaders Li Peng, Jiang
Zemin and five others for crimes of genocide, torture and terrorism
committed against the Tibetan people. If held accountable on these
charges by the Spanish Court (who has alleged that it is competent to
judge cases of crimes against Tibetans) any of these leaders
traveling to a country with which Spain has an extradition treaty
could be detained.

The Group is all set to file an extension of their previous lawsuit
on July 10 2008 in the Spanish High Court for various crimes
committed during the March unrest which bears further legal proof and
striking resemblance to the crimes denounced in their initial lawsuit.

On May 9, the investigative judge of Court Nº 2, Ismael Moreno
listened patiently to three Tibetan torture victims from India
testify and give evidence of their terrible suffering, but limited
both the number of questions that he had previously accepted and the answers.

The extension to the lawsuit denounces the new wave of oppression
that began in Tibet on 10th March 2008, and goes to prove that acts
of genocide continue to be committed against the Tibetan people. As
far as can be verified, there have been at least 203 deaths, over a
thousand injured and 5,972 people arrested.

Prosecuting lawyer, Dr. José Elías Esteve said, "The international
crimes that continue to be committed in Tibet as the Olympic Games
approach and that are denounced in this extension to the lawsuit,
question the lukewarm attitude of most of the international
communities when it comes to demanding effective protection of human
rights. This case demonstrates yet again the double standard that
exists when demanding that the most elementary mandates of
international law be adhered to, particularly when the county
violating them is China."

The extension describes how military repression is being carried out
amidst the greatest censorship in China and Tibet, with the result
that a large number of crimes still remain pending inclusion. The
judge has been requested to agree to send a Rogatory Commission to
the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations and to the European
Parliament, for them to set up an impartial and international
investigative commission to visit Tibet in order to confirm and
clarify the extent of the international crimes denounced in said
extension; an initiative requested months ago by the International
Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and
the International Human Rights Federation (FIDH).

The extension to the lawsuit also denounces China's manipulation of
the global war against terrorism in its attempt to justify and cover
up crimes against humanity committed against the Tibetan people. This
new repressive strategy began in 2003 with the summary execution of
Lobsang Dhondup and the arrest of the Tibetan lama, Tenzin Delek
Rimpoche, accused of participating in a series of bomb explosions in
Eastern Tibet, and whose so-called confessions were obtained through
torture. Lastly, the extension to the lawsuit denounces the continued
systematic practice of torture, confirmed by the Special Rapporteur
of the United Nations, Manfred Nowak, and the assassinations in the
Himalayan frontier posts used by Tibetan refugees when fleeing into
exile. A specific case is described, that of Nangpa La, which was
filmed by Romanian mountaineers and shows the assassination of two
girls by Chinese military forces.

The extension accuses five political and military leaders: Zhang
Qingli, current Party Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in the
Autonomous Region of Tibet; Wang Lequan, current member of the
Politburo in Beijing; Li Dezhu, head of the Ethnic Affairs
Commission; General Tong Guishan, commander of the People's
Liberation Army in Lhasa, Tibet's capital; and General Zhang Guihua,
political commissary of the Chengdu military command.

Alan Cantos, Director of Comité de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT) stated, "If
the excuse for granting the hosting of the Olympic Games to one of
the countries with the least Olympic spirit was to give it the
opportunity to improve its human rights situation, the recent events
that we have all witnessed clearly show the exact opposite. This
cannot be ignored if we wish to maintain any credibility in the
democratic values that our governments like to boast about."

With input from CAT.
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