Oppose the Lhasa Death Sentences
The Lhasa Intermediate People's Court in the Tibet Autonomous Region, sentenced two Tibetans to death on charges relating to "starting fatal fires" on April 8. These are the first known death sentences passed against Tibetans in connection with the Lhasa riots on March 14, 2008, and the first known death sentences against Tibetans since 2003. Two other Tibetans were sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, and one other was sentenced to life imprisonment in a total of three separate cases of arson, reportedly involving the deaths of seven people, according to the state media.
An appeal to the Chinese authorities was published by Václav Havel, Desmond Tutu and others last week (see below). Tibet groups around the world are campaigning to draw attention to the lack of due process and independent observation of these death sentence trials, and are calling on their governments to urge China to re-try the defendants in fair and open trials under international standards of justice. Please add your name in support of this appeal below. The International Tibet Support Network, a global coalition of Tibet-related non-governmental organizations, is coordinating this effort and will receive support numbers from ICT as this campaign moves forward. Thank you."
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