Tibetan Man Gets Suspended Death Sentence Over 2008 Protest


November 22, 2010 5:00 pm

Tibetan Man Gets Suspended Death Sentence Over 2008 Protest[Saturday, 20 November 2010, 5:06 p.m.]


A
Chinese court in Tibet’s capital Lhasa had sentenced a Tibetan man to
death sentence with a two-year reprieve over his alleged role in the
2008 peaceful protest, a report says

 
Call for Justice: Sonam Tsering, native of Derge Palyul County, sentenced to death with two-year reprieve

Dharamshala:
Sonam Tsering, a native of Derge Palyul County in Tibet’s Kham
province, received the suspended death sentence from the Lhasa
Intermediate People’s Court around May this year, according to report
received by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).The court sentenced him for his alleged role in leading a protest in Lhasa on 14 March 2008.Following
the protest in March 2008, the Public Security Bureau announced cash
prize for those who would tell the whereabouts of Sonam Tsering to the
police.But Sonam evaded arrest by hiding around Lhasa with the
help of some patriotic fellow Tibetans. He was eventually arrested in
October 2009, the report said.Presently, his whereabouts, whether he is alive or dead remains unknown.The
court had also sentenced seven Tibetans to varying prison terms for
allegedly hiding Sonam Tsering following the protest in 2008.The
names of those 7 Tibetans are: Tsewang Gyurmey sentenced to 5 years,
Tashi Choedon of Palyul to 7 years; Dolyang of Markham to 4 years; Yang
alias Kelyang of Kongpo to 7 years; Yeshi Tsomo a nun of Lhasa to 5
years; Tayang of Lhasa to 5 years and Pasang Tsering of Lhasa to 1 year.Since
10 March 2008, Tibetans living across Tibet rose up to show their
opposition to the the People’s Republic of China’s misrule in Tibet.
The peaceful protesters made unprecedented calls for the return of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and fundamental human rights for
Tibetans living inside Tibet.The brutal crackdown by the
Chinese government that ensued left an estimated 227 Tibetans dead,
over 6810 arrested and 510 sentenced. “The deaths were caused
due to indiscriminate firing by the PRC forces during the
demonstrations; severe beatings and torture of detainees during arrest,
interrogation and detention; and a built-up of insurmountable
repression and suppression that drove some Tibetans to commit suicide,”
noted a comprehensive report on the 2008 uprising in Tibet recently
published by the UN, EU and Human Rights Desk of the CTA’s Department
of Information & International Relations.”A total of seven
Tibetans have been sentenced to death, out of which two with immediate
death sentence were subsequently executed and five are currently facing
suspended death sentence or death sentence with a two-year reprieve.
Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak, both 25-year-old, were executed on 20
October 2009. The other five facing suspended death sentences are
Tenzin Phuntsok, 27; Kangtsuk, 22; Penkyi, 21; Pema Yeshi, 28; and
23-year-old Sonam Tsering. The judicial process was devoid of fair
trial and independent legal representation,” the report said.