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Tibetan monks, nuns hold 12-hour hunger strike in Dharamshala

October 26, 2009

October 25, 2009

Dharamshala, Oct 25 (ANI) -- Tibetan monks and
nuns residing at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh
are outraged over the alleged execution of four
Tibetan activists by the Chinese administration
over their role in last year’s riots in Lhasa.

On Sunday, a group of activists staged a protest
by holding a 12-hour hunger strike to draw public
attention and condemn the alleged executions.

Activists of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress
(RTYC) also participated in the hunger strike to
express their solidarity with the suffering Tibetans in China.

"We are here today for the solidarity for the
people who are suffering in Tibet and especially
those who are sentenced to death penalty in
Tibet," said Tenzin, a monk participating in the strike.

Meanwhile, the activists also organised a mass
signature campaign and called for the
intervention of international community to
condemn the death penalties being meted out to helpless Tibetans in China.

"China is the only country where maximum number
of death penalties have been given. So, we
believe it is the time that US Government, UN
Human Rights Council and European Commission to
pressurize, oppose and strongly condemn such kind
of death penalties being given to innocent
Tibetans and ethnic Chinese," said Sonam,
President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress.

Though, China is yet to confirm the executions,
according to the information received by
Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights
and Democracy (TCHRD), as many as four Tibetans
were executed for their alleged involvement in
the 2008 anti-China unrest in Lhasa.Repeated
calls to get a confirmation of the executions
from Chinese Government offices in Lhasa were not answered.
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