Two updates on Tibet: Dalai Lama’s 50th Anniversary message and China sentences two Tibetans to death

(excerpt from) The Daily Star
Tibet Anniversary

The fiftieth anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet was observed last month. This major event continues to reverberate as a defining moment in the difficult relationship between China and its Tibetan region. The Tibetans in exile with the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government marked the occasion in greatly contrasting styles; the Buddhist leader issued a statement recalling Tibet’s suffering and struggle, his hopes for the future and his renewed wish for a negotiated settlement acceptable to both parties…

(excerpt from) Amnesty UK
China: Overturn death sentences for Tibet protesters
April 9, 2009

Amnesty International has condemned a decision by a court in Lhasa to hand down death sentences to two Tibetans, Losang Gyaltse and Loyar, accused of starting fatal fires in Lhasa during protests in March 2008. Two other people were given death sentences with a two year reprieve and one person has been sentenced to life imprisonment. It is unclear if they will appeal on their sentences but ultimately, China’s Supreme People’s Court will have to review today’s death sentences, as it does in all death penalty cases. Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Director, said: ‘Amnesty International condemns the death sentences handed down to Losang Gyaltse and Loyar. We have recorded a pattern of unfair trials leading to death sentences in China. Under these conditions it’s very unlikely that these sentences stand up. We urge the death sentences to be overturned.’ —

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