#Human Rights

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is a highly revered monk in Tibet. In April 2002 Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Lobsang Dhondup were arrested and charged with involvement in a series of explosions in Sichuan Province. They were held incommunicado until their December 2002 trial, where they were convicted of "conspiring to cause a series of explosions" and "incitement to separatism," and sentenced to death.

On January 26, 2003, the Sichuan Provincial Court rejected Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's appeal. Lobsang Dhondup was executed the same day. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is currently being held in Tuandong Prison, Sichuan.

The circumstances surrounding this case indicate that the prosecution of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is politically motivated. He built monasteries, schools and homes for the elderly in his community in eastern Tibet. His leadership outside the Communist Party made him a political target.

To date, the Chinese authorities have not produced any credible evidence of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's involvement in the explosions, and the prosecutions have not met minimum standards of due process. On January 18, a smuggled tape made by Tenzin Delek Rinpoche asserted, "Whatever the authorities do and say, I am innocent."

We ask for your help to save Tenzin Delek Rinpoche from execution:

1. Send a message your Senators. Please contact your Senators and urge them to add their name to Senate Resolution 365, which calls for the release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. If you are not a US Citizen or are not represented by a US Senator, please consider sending an email to Li Zhaoxing (the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs) and ask him to release Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.

2. Send a message to your friends. Please contact your friends, let them know about this gross breach of justice, and urge them to take action to push for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's release..

3. Support the International Campaign for Tibet and our efforts to free all Tibetan political prisoners.

Thank you

Li Zhaoxing, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China:

I am sending this message to you regarding a gross miscarriage of justice.

Despite assurances by your government to American and European officials that there would be a lengthy and careful review of the case of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche (A'an Zhaxi), no review has taken place and Tenzin Delek Rinpoche remains under sentence of death.

As a demonstration of your government's stated commitment to internationally recognized standards, I urge the immediate release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and all political prisoners.

Yours sincerely, The Undersigned

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The Stop Execution Tenzin Delek Rimpoche scheduled 2nd Dec petition to info@savetibet.org was written by Trisha Roberts and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.