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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Hundreds Rally on Behalf of Tibetan Tenzin Delek at UN Human Rights Commission


www.phayul.com:

U.N. Human Rights Commisssion"Hundreds of people from around the world gathered today at the annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Commission demanding that China meet international standards of human rights and due process in the case of the well known and highly respected Tibetan lama, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. "

As well some 20,000 messages have been posted to a "Wall of Support" in front of the commissions building.

Tenzin Delek is a well respected Monk who was arrested in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in connection with two bombings in Sichuan province. He and a fellow Tibetan were charged with "incitement to separatism" and "causing explosions." His co accused was found gulity as charged and has alreday been executed.

Tenzin supporters outside UN building in Geneva. Pic Cortesy Phayul.orgTenzin's supporters claim that the monk was denied due process in the court appearances that ultimately saw him sentenced to death but granted a two-year suspension on December 2, 2002.

They also claim that he has been falsely accused for political reasons. Apparently the monk had risen the ire of official over several years for his efforts to develop Tibetan institutions and to limit the exploitation of natural resources in eastern Tibet.