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Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union regarding the recent executions of two PDF Print E-mail
The European Union condemns the recent executions of two Tibetans, Mr Lobsang Gyaltsen and Mr Loyak.

[29 October 2009] On the basis of its principled opposition to the death penalty, the EU, on 8 May 2009, called for a commutation of the death sentences handed down by Lhasa Intermediate Peoples Court to several Tibetans, among them Mr Lobsang Gyaltsen and Mr Loyak, following the Lhasa riots in March 2008.
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Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis condemns the executions in Lhasa PDF Print E-mail
[28 October 2009] Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis condemned the recent executions in Lhasa of two Tibetans, Mr Lobsang Gyaltsen and Mr Loyak, on Friday 23 October. Ivan Lewis also called on China to urgently review the cases of those who remain under sentence of death.
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BBC: China confirms two Tibetan executions PDF Print E-mail
[28 October 2009] The BBC posted the following report by Michael Bristow, BBC News, Beijing, after Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu confirmed that "two criminals" had been executed in Lhasa at a regular press briefing on Tuesday 27 October.
Two Tibetans have been executed for their involvement in riots in Tibet last year, the Chinese government has confirmed. They are thought to be the first executions in relation to the unrest, which left at least 22 people dead. There are reports that two more Tibetans have been executed, but that has not been confirmed. China also spoke out against interference following criticism of the executions from a UK minister.
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UPDATE: Chinese embassy in London confirms the executions of Loyak and Lobsang Gyaltsen PDF Print E-mail
[26 October 2009] On contacting the Foreign Office for clarification, Tibet Society has been told the Foreign Office received confirmation from the Chinese Embassy in London on Friday that two executions took place and the individuals executed were Loyak and Lobsang Gyaltsen. The Chinese Embassy also said the reports of two further executions were just rumours and they had not been executed yet. This has since been clarified and the Foreign Office has been told the other death sentences are suspended, and there are no plans now to carry out further executions.
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Joint statement by global Tibet groups condemns executions in Lhasa PDF Print E-mail
[22 October 2009] The 166 member organisations of the International Tibet Support Network condemn the government of China for the executions of three Tibetans, Lobsang Gyaltsen, Loyak, and Penkyi in Lhasa on 20 October. A fourth unidentified Tibetan was also reportedly executed on the same day.

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