AI urges China to overturn death sentences for Tibet protesters


For immediate release: April 8, 2009

Amnesty International urges China to overturn
death sentences for Tibet protesters

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.

“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”, said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Director.

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AI calls on Chinese authorities to open Tibet

Amnesty International
March 9, 2009

China: Amnesty International calls on Chinese authorities to open Tibet

Amnesty International today called on the Chinese government to immediately open Tibet to human rights monitors and the media and to end its “Strike Hard” campaign, launched in anticipation of protests to mark the 50th anniversary of the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising.

The organization warned that the increased security measures put in place by the Chinese government in the run up to the anniversary are likely to exacerbate an already tense situation.

“Extreme security measures only increase tension and lead to more human rights violations,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International Asia-Pacific Deputy Programme Director.

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