Tibetan Parliament Calls on China to Exercise Restraint in Tibet's Nyagchu County བོད་སྐད།

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has appealed to human rights groups and supporters call on the Chinese government to exercise restraint and peacefully resolve the critical situation in Nyagchu County in Karze, Tibet.

In the appeal letter addressed to Human Rights groups and Tibet -Supporters and those who believe in non-violent action to urgently call upon the Chinese authorities to show restraint and resolve the matter peacefully according to the aspirations of the local people.

On 5 December 2009, a group of seven Tibetans which later swelled to around sixty Tibetans, mostly youth from Othog proceeded to Nyagchuka County government headquarter to appeal for an immediate release of a revered Tibetan monk named Tulku Tenzin Delek, stating that he was wrongly charged and sentenced by the Sichuan Higher People’s Court in 2002.

On December 2 2002, the Kardze Intermediate People's Court in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, sentenced Lobsang Dhondup, a relative of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, to death for "inciting separatism", "causing explosions" and "illegal possession of guns and ammunition". He was executed on January 26, 2003, despite huge international outcry.

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche received a death sentence with a two year reprieve for "causing explosions" and "inciting separatism". Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, based at a monastery in nomad-dominated Othok, was granted a two-year reprieve, then had his sentence commuted to life in 2005.

Some information for this report was provided by TibetNet and Phayul.