Montreal: January 26, 2004: Tibetans and their supporters in Canada are calling upon the Canadian government to intervene in the case of a Tibetan monk scheduled for imminent execution. On the one-year anniversary of the execution by Chinese communists in Tibet of Lobsang Dhondhup, 28, human rights advocates are holding protests world-wide to mark the anniversary, and to find a way to avert the pending execution of another man arrested at the same time. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a highly respected Buddhist monk, could be executed as early as April of this year.
Lobsang Dhondhup, 28, and Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 52, were arrested in April 2002 for allegedly setting off bombs in Eastern Tibet. On December 2, 2002, they were sentenced to death by the Chinese government. The Chinese government assured the US and European Union that the two men would have a fair trial. Despite this promise, a secret retrial was held and, in defiance of international outcry, Lobsang Dhondhup was executed on January 26, 2003.
Chinese authorities have produced no evidence to support the accusations against Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. On January 21, 2003, he declared his innocence in a statement secretly recorded in prison and smuggled to the outside.
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has dedicated his life to the preservation of Tibetan culture. He is a respected Buddhist leader in the region of Kham, and has founded schools that provide education in Tibetan language, culture and religion. He is known to be the reincarnation of the great Lama of the Lithang Monastary.
"This is exactly the type of case where we hope that there'll be a meaningful and strong action from the Canadian government," says Thubten Samdup, National President of CTC. "Canada enjoys a strong relationship with China and they should be able to bring up the case of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, amongst many other political prisoners including the Panchen Lama, at the highest level in China."
In autumn of 2000, the Canada Tibet Committee launched a national campaign to promote Canada's facilitating negotiations between representatives of the Dalai Lama and the Government of China. This CTC initiative, now entitled "Tibet-China Negotiation Campaign", calls upon the Prime Minister of Canada to serve as honest broker between the two parties. As part of this campaign, the Dalai Lama will be visiting Ottawa from April 21st to 24th. .
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