Wednesday, October 28, 2009

RTYC Dharamshala Strongly Condemn the Execution of Four Tibetans

The regional Tibetan Youth congress spearheaded a protest yesterday by holding a 12-hour hunger strike to condemn the executions of four Tibetans by China. The four Tibetans had been allegedly booked for taking part in last years protests in March.

Tibetans residing in Dharamsala are outraged over the execution. A candle light vigil was also observed in memory of the martyrs in the evening.

A monk said, we are here today to show our solidarity for the people who are suffering in Tibet and especially those who are sentenced to death in Tibet.

The Tibetans also organized 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.

According to the President of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Mr.Sonam Dorjee, 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.

RTYC Dharamshala also organize a Prayer ceremony in afternoon to express solidarity and homage to martyrs of the Tibetan freedom struggle on Sunday. Around more than 300 Tibetan including monks and nuns gathered at Tsuglakhang Temple to offer prayers in memory of those who lost their lives fighting for the Tibetan cause.

Tenzin Dicky, Vice President of RTYC said that we are praying for all those who died, who have sacrificed their life without any conditions for their country. Just to raise their voice they have sacrificed their life and that's why we are praying for their souls to rest in peace. The congregation also condemned the execution of four Tibetan activists by China for their alleged role in last year's Lhasa riots.

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.

Office of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharamshala.

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