Montreal, December 2, 2003: On the first anniversary of the trial which sentenced Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tenzin Delek Rinpoche to be executed, Tibetans and their supporters in Canada are organizing vigils in several cities. They are calling on the Government of Canada to raise the case with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao when he visits Canada in early December.
On January 26th 2002, Tenzin Delek and Lobsang Dhondup, a 28 year old farmer, were arrested for allegedly setting off bombs in Eastern Tibet. Lobsang Dhondup was executed on January 26 amidst international outcry. Tibetans say the trial and execution were politically motivated and that both men were denied fair trials or legal representation. Tenzin Delek has been kept in an unknown location and supporters fear for his safety and well-being.
"Unfortunately, Tenzin Delek's case is far from unique," said Thubten Samdup, National President of the Canada Tibet Committee. "Too many Tibetans have died in the hands of the Chinese since the occupation. Until China's occupation of Tibet ends, Tibetans will continue to be victims of these serious human rights abuses."
It is widely believed that Tenzin Delek, who is 53 years old, has been targeted due to his involvement in charitable activities. He is a well-respected religious teacher and has founded schools that provide education in Tibetan language, culture and religion.
Contact: Thubten Samdup, tel: 514.487.0665
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