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Tibetans-in-exile launch campaign to highlight injustice

December 6, 2007

Thursday December 6 2007
ANI

DHARAMSALA: Tibetans-living-in-exile here have launched letter and
signature campaigns to highlight the injustice prevalent in Tibet.

The letters addressed to the Chinese Justice Minister demand immediate
release of an ethnic Tibetan villager sentenced to eight years jail by
China in November this year for inciting to split the country after he
spoke at a gathering in support of the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet.

Runggye Adak spoke out in the Sichuan county of Litang, a part of the
southwestern Chinese province that is largely populated by ethnic Tibetans.

Three others were also reportedly jailed for terms ranging from three to
ten years for spying for overseas organisations or engaging in
"splittist activities."

Two of them, identified as Lubo and Jacmyang Goinqen, were sentenced to
ten years and nine years respectively.

Tenzin Tshering, President of the Students for Free Tibet, said the aim
of the campaign is to draw the attention of the Chinese justice ministry
to what is actually taking place in Tibet.

“We want to bring to his notice the bad things that are happening inside
Tibet. We should take notice of these things because at the moment China
is trying to showcase that the country gives civil liberties to the
people and people are happy inside. But this is not the real case,” he said.

The campaign was organised by five Non-governmental Organisations -
Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women's Association, Gu Chu Sum, Ex
Political Prisoners Movement, Students for Free Tibet and National
Democratic Party of Tibet.

Tibet has been ruled by China since 1950.

Over 150,000 Tibetans have taken refuge in India since 1959 when the
Dalai Lama and his followers fled their homeland after an abortive
uprising against China.
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