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TCHRD strongly condemns the Lhasa court verdicts

April 9, 2009

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD)
8 April 2009

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD) condemns in strongest terms the death
sentences passed by the Lhasa court. This
sentencing clearly highlights the current level
of repression in Tibet where state agencies
freely abuse the human rights of the Tibetan
people with impunity. In this latest sentencing
by the Lhasa court, the TCHRD sees a shivering
message of intimidation being passed to the
Tibetans who dare to show their dissent with the state.

The latest verdict passed by the Lhasa court is
the harshest till date since spring 2008 uprising
in Tibet. Around 230 Tibetans have so far
received varying prison terms between six months
to life term for their participation in the
spring protest last year. The sentencing of
Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak to death sentence,
Tenzin Phuntsok and Kangtsuk to death sentence
with two years reprieve and Dawa Sangpo to life
imprisonment term is highly arbitrary and summary
in nature which does not meet the minimal international judicial standards.

The TCHRD urges the international community to
condemn the Chinese authorities for the gross
human rights violations being enacted upon the
Tibetan plateau. The international community must
ensure the end of the culture of impunity and
repressive states like China should be brought to justice.

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