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Death Penalty: Alemanno, appeal to Government about the fate of Tibetans

October 29, 2009

Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA)
October 27, 2009

ROMA, Oct 27 -- The Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno
today appealed to the Italian Government "for a
strong condemnation of Chinese authorities’
practice of death penalty.” Mayor Gianni Alemanno
emphasized “that this appeal represents
widespread sentiment of Italians, who are always
very sensitive on the issue of respect of the human rights and civil liberty."

"We have learned with profound regret the news
from the Representative of Dalai Lama about the
execution of four very young Tibetans, sentenced
last April for their participation in the mass
protest of the 20 October (March) 2008 in the city of Lhasa."

"Italy is always in the frontline in promoting at
the Commission of UNO for human rights for a
moratorium on the death penalty in the prospect
of it’s complete abolition,” said the Mayor of
Rome. He concluded by saying “that within the
constant and constructive dialogue that our
government engages with Beijing, the Italian
expectation for a just and specific solution to
the Tibetan issue be underscored within the frame
work of territorial integrity and sovereignty of China.”
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