MONTREAL - December 1, 2004 - The Canada Tibet Committee, along with the Tibetan community and their supporters in Canada, are calling upon the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pierre Pettigrew, to intervene in the case of a Tibetan monk scheduled for imminent execution in occupied Tibet.
On Thursday, December 2nd, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche could be executed by the Chinese government. A highly respected Buddhist monk, Tenzin Delek is known for his dedication in preserving Tibetan religion and culture and protecting the environment. He has built many schools, monasteries, and orphanages in his area, and is an advocate of the Dalai Lama's philosophy of non-violence.
It has been two years since Tenzin Delek and Lobsang Dhondup were arrested for allegedly setting off bombs in Eastern Tibet. Lobsang Dhondup was executed on January 26 amidst international outcry.
The Chinese government did not present credible evidence against Tenzin Delek Rinpoche or any of the Tibetans detained in connection with this case, who were denied access to independent lawyers and did not have a fair trial.
"Canada is clearly positioning itself as a leader in matters of global peace. As such, the case of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, and the overall issue of Tibet, deserves the highest attention and concrete support of the Canadian government," said Tenzin Dargyal, National Coordinator of CTC. "Canada must use its unique and friendly relations with China to save the life of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche"
It is widely believed that Tenzin Delek, now 54 years old, has been the target of harassment, intimidation and control by Chinese officials because of his influence on the Tibetan community.
On Thursday, December 2nd, a peaceful demonstration and candlelight vigil will take place outside of the office of Pierre Pettigrew. Postcards signed by thousands of supporters will also be delivered to the minister. On Friday, December 10th, International Human Rights Day, a candlelight vigil will be held at Phillips Square. The actions in Montreal by CTC coincide with an peaceful actions around the world by other Tibet Support Groups between December 2nd and 10th for the release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.
The Canada Tibet Committee is a non-governmental organization of Tibetans and non-Tibetans in Canada, who are concerned about the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet.
What: Postcard and petition delivery to Minister, peaceful protest and candlelight vigil
Where: Pierre Pettigrew's riding office, 2348 Jean-Talon East (intersection Louis-Hébert St.)
When: 15:00 - 17:00 peaceful demonstration
18:00 - 20:00 candlelight vigil and prayers
What: Candlelight Vigil
Where: Phillips Square, across from The Bay (Corner of Union and Ste-Catherine St.)
When: 18:00 - 20:00
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For more information, please contact: Tenzin Dargyal at 514-487-0665 or 514-235-0205 or visit http://www.tibet.ca/en/urgentactions
Human Rights Watch report on Tenzin Delek: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2004/china0204/
Canada Tibet Committee, National Branch