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Exiled Tibetans launch signature campaign to secure release of monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

January 28, 2008

Dharamsala, Jan 27, 2008 (ANI): Exiled Tibetans have launched a
signature campaign in Dharamsala to press their demand for release of
revered monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, who was fighting for the cause of
Tibet’s independence from China.

The campaigners said, President of International Olympic Committee
Jacques Rogge, had assured them that the human rights scenario in Tibet
would improve once China gets the host-ship of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

They said that they have launched the campaign to remind Rogge of his
promise and demand the release of Rinpoche.

“This is for the release of Rinpoche who was arrested in 2002 right
after China was awarded the host-ship of Olympics, said Tenzin Choedon,
a campaigner

We are asking IOC president Jacques Rogge to see into the human rights
violation in Tibet and act according to promise he made in 2002, Choedon
added.

Due to international pressure, the Chinese authorities that had earlier
awarded capital punishment to Rinpoche awarded a life sentence to him in
2005.

Tibet became an “autonomous region” of the People’s Republic of China in
1965. India has officially recognised it as part of China in 2003. (ANI)
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