FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE:
CENTRAL TIBETAN ADMINISTRATION CONDEMNS THE HARSH SENTENCES IMPOSED ON SIX MORE TIBETANS IN TIBET
Further to our press release today afternoon regarding two Tibetans – Lobsang Kunchok, 40, of Kirti monastery and Lobsang Tsering, 31, from Ngaba, who received death sentence with a two-year reprieve and 10-year imprisonment respectively for allegedly inciting Tibetans to self-immolate by a Chinese court – six more Tibetans from Labrang, Tibet, have been pronounced equally harsh sentences. The six Tibetans are Pema Dhondup, Kelsang Gyatso, Pema Tso, Lhamo Dondup, Dhukar Gyal and Yangmo Kyi. In last two days eight Tibetans have become victim of Chinese wanton onslaught.
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) based in Dharamsala, India categorically condemns the harsh sentences. It is unacceptable as the verdicts have been given out without due process and proper representation.
The series of rushed sentences clearly show that Tibetans in Tibet are denied basic human rights. It is also evident that these are done in utter disregard to the Tibetan aspiration and deep anguish at the continuing self-immolations in Tibet. 99 Tibetans have self-immolated so far.
The CTA holds the Chinese leadership solely responsible for the growing unrest and deteriorating situation in Tibet. We believe the world cannot remain a silent witness to this growing tragedy in Tibet.
Kalon. Dolma Gyari
Media Sub-Committee, Tibetan People’s Solidarity Campaign