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Students for a Free Tibet launch a campaign to free two Tibetans facing the death sentence in China on trumped up charges

May 10, 2009

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May 8, 2009

Students for a free Tibet launch a campaign to
free two Tibetans facing the death sentance in China on trumped up charges.

Ngawang Sangdrol, a former Tibetan political
prisoner who spent 11 years in Chinese prison,
highlights the plight of Lobsang Gyaltsen and
Loyak – two Tibetans sentenced to death by China
for their alleged involvement in last year's protests in Lhasa.

Without a reprieve, they could be executed at any time.

Watch the video now.

Wath the video appeal by former Tibetan political prisoner Ngawang Sangdrol

Ngawang Sangdrol knows firsthand the difference
individuals can make. She was imprisoned at age
13 for protesting against Chinese rule. Tibetans
and supporters launched a global campaign for her
release after she and a group of nuns, who became
known as the 'Drapchi 14', recorded freedom songs
and smuggled them out of Tibet's notorious
Drapchi prison. Ngawang Sangdrol and her fellow
nuns are free today because people worldwide
mounted incredible pressure on the Chinese government for their release.

Take action to save the lives of Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak

On April 8th, China sentenced two Tibetans,
Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak, to death for their
alleged involvement in last year's protests in
Lhasa. Without a reprieve, they could be executed
at any time. Help save their lives by taking action now.

A number of Tibetans have also received harsh
prison sentences, including: Tenzin Phuntsok and
Kangtsuk (sentenced to death with a two-year
reprieve), Dawa Sangpo (life imprisonment), and
three Tibetan women in their early twenties -
Penkyi (death sentence with a two-year reprieve),
Penkyi (life imprisonment), and Chime Lhamo (10 years' imprisonment).

DEATH IN LHASA: Nobel Peace Prize laureates
Vaclav Havel and Desmond Tutu, along with other
international figures publicized a joint appeal
on April 15 to China to stop the executions.
Writers, artists and politicians from around the
world have also signed onto the appeal.
Click here to see the list of signatories.

These death sentences signal an alarming
escalation in the Chinese government's widespread
campaign to punish and intimidate any Tibetan who
dares to speak out against Chinese rule.


* Watch and share a video by Ngawang Sangdrol, a
former Tibetan political prisoner, appealing to
people worldwide to take action to stop the executions >>>

* Sign the Facebook petition to Chinese President
Hu Jintao and urge others to take action.

* Send an urgent appeal calling on the Chinese
government to immediately halt the executions.
Print and fax/mail your letter to the Chinese
government and the Chinese embassy/consulate nearest you.

* Organize a protest or petition drive in your community.
   Ask volunteers to help you collect petition
signatures in a busy spot on campus or at a busy
pedestrian location in your community.

   Download a petition to China's Minister of Justice.

   Click here to download the petition in Chinese.

   Click here to download the petition in German.

* Alert your elected representatives to the
situation and call on your government to condemn these sentences.

   Download a sample letter to send to your representatives.

   If you live in the U.S., click here to send a letter now.

* Submit an online appeal calling on China's
Supreme People's Court to overturn the decision.


Below are suggested talking points for speaking
to government representatives or the media.

* Tibetans and their supporters and people of
conscience worldwide condemn these harsh
sentences and call for an immediate halt to the executions.

* These sentences are part of a widespread and
violent campaign by the Chinese authorities to
punish and silence any Tibetan who dares to speak out against Chinese rule.

* It is widely known that there is no rule of law
in China and certainly no justice for Tibetans
and we call on the international community to
speak out against these planned executions.

* The Chinese authorities routinely deny Tibetans
their basic legal rights and protections within
the so-called judicial system in China and there
is no reason for us to believe the cases of
Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak are any different.

Note: Human Rights Watch released a report in
March 2009 concluding that the process of trials
and imprisonment in Tibet over the past year has
been politically motivated and that the
"principle of independence of the judiciary is
thoroughly undermined by leadership's demand that
court and police tailor their actions to
political requirements." Read the full Human Rights Watch report.


UPDATE: 04/21/09 - Three Tibetan woman in their
early twenties have been convicted on alleged
arson charges. Penkyi, a 21-year-old woman from
Sakya County was sentened to death with a two
year repreive. The two other woman, Penkyi (age
23) from Nyemo County and Chime Lhamo (age 20)
from were sentenced to live imprisonment and 10 years in prison. Learn more.

On April 8, 2009 Lhasa Municipal Intermediate
People's Court tried and sentenced five Tibetans
in three separate cases related to alleged arson
attacks in March 2008 in Lhasa - Lobsang Gyaltsen
and Loyak were sentenced to death without a
repreive, Tenzin Phuntsok and Kangtsuk were
sentenced to death without a repreive, and Dawa
Sangpo was given a life sentence.

Read Amnesty International's statement condemning
the sentences from April 9, 2009.

Read the Xinhua (China's state-run media) article announcing the sentences.
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