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Tibetan Parliament in Exile Condemns Death Sentence For Tibetan Farmer

March 3, 2010

PRESS RELEASE
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
1st March 2010, Monday

In the on-going aftermath of the Tibetan Peoples'
Uprising against the Chinese government in 2008,
people who took active part in the same are being
gradually punished with the severest of sentences
without the due process of law in Tibet. The
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has regretfully
learnt of such an instance recently.

Pema Yeshi aged 28 years, a farmer from Thangkyi
township of Nyarong County, Karze Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province has been
sentenced to a two-year suspended death sentence
and Sonam Gonpo 24 years and Tsewang Gyatso 32
who are cooks at the Thankyi Primary School have
been sentenced to life imprisonment and 16 years
in jail term respectively. They have been charged
with "inciting separatism" and "disturbing social
order". In fact, these three brave Tibetans had
taken an active part in the "Farming Boycott
Movement" and "No Losar" or boycott of the
celebration of Tibetan New Year to show
solidarity with Tibetan martyrs and those who
continue to languish in the Chinese prisons since
the 2008 demonstrations. They have been
sentenced, denied of even the basic legal rights
guaranteed under the Chinese laws and with a
summary secret trial without any representation from their side.

We strongly condemn this regression of the basic
human rights and call upon all right thinking
individuals and groups to raise their moral voice
against this severe punishment.

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