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EU denounces China's execution of two Tibetans

October 30, 2009

AFP
October 29, 2009

BRUSSELS -- The European Union on Thursday
condemned China's execution of two Tibetans,
voicing concerns over how their trials were conducted.

"The European Union condemns the recent
executions of two Tibetans, Mr Lobsang Gyaltsen
and Mr Loyak," the Swedish EU presidency said in
a statement on behalf of the 27-nation bloc.

"The EU respects China?s right to bring those
responsible for the violence to justice but
reaffirms its longstanding opposition to the use
of the death penalty under all circumstances," the EU statement said.

"The EU reiterates its concerns about the
conditions under which the trials were conducted,
especially with regard to whether due process and
other safeguards for a fair trial were respected," the EU presidency added.

The European Union has called for death sentences
handed down on several other Tibetans to be commuted.

China said Tuesday that the two Tibetans had been
executed for their role in deadly ethnic unrest
that rocked the Himalayan region last year, the
first known use of capital punishment over the violence.

Fierce anti-China protests erupted in Lhasa and
spread across Tibet and adjacent areas with
Tibetan populations in March last year,
embarrassing the government in Beijing as it
prepared to host the Olympic Games.

Beijing blamed the Dalai Lama -- the exiled
Tibetan spiritual leader seen by authorities as a
separatist bent on independence -- for inciting
the unrest. He, however, insists he only wants
greater regional autonomy for Tibet.

China has said "rioters" were responsible for 21
deaths, while its security forces killed only one
"insurgent." But the exiled Tibetan government
has said more than 200 Tibetans were killed in the subsequent crackdown.
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