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International community urged to intervene in Tibetans facing death penalty

April 14, 2009

April 13, 2009

Dharamsala, April 13 -- Condemning the death
sentences passed by Chinese court on four
Tibetans for their alleged involvement in last
year’s anti-China protests in the Tibetan capital
Lhasa, Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) has
called on the international community's
intervention to help ensure justice to them.

China's State media reported last week that the
Lhasa Municipal People's Court passed death
penalty to two Tibetans - Losang Gyaltsen and
Loyak. Two other Tibetans, Tenzin Phuntsok and
Kangtsuk, were given death sentence with a
two-year reprieve, while another Dawa Sangpo got
life imprisonment. They were convicted for their
alleged role in protests which took place in Lhasa on 14 and 15 March 2008.

"Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile calls on all just
and peace loving individuals, organizations and
governments to help save and ensure due process
of law and justice, in the case of Lobsang
Gyaltsen and Loyak, who may or may not be able to
appeal to higher competent courts,” TPiE said in a press release statement.

The parliament also appealed the international
community to take similar measure in the case of
other two facing death sentences with a two-year reprieve.

The statement said the verdict "has been handed
down without due process of law by the court".

The statement said that the death sentences
announced by the Lhasa Municipal Intermediate
People's Court on Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak
remained to be reviewed by China's Supreme People's Court.

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