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Declaration by European Union regarding the recent executions
[29 October] 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. more

Foreign Office Minister condemns the executions in Lhasa
[28 October] 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. more

BBC News report: China confirms Tibetan executions
[28 October] 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. more
Chinese embassy in London confirms the executions of Loyak and Lobsang Gyaltsen
[26 October] 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. more

Joint statement by global Tibet groups condemns executions in Lhasa
[22 October] 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. more

China executes four Tibetans
[22 October] Tibet Society strongly condemns the judicial execution of four Tibetans in Lhasa on 20 October. Reports now confirm these took place and those executed were Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak who had both received death sentences in April, Penkyi and an as yet unidentified fourth Tibetan. Confirmation of Penkyi's identity remains unclear, a 23-year-old Tibetan woman named Penkyi was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve in April and another Penkyi received a sentence of life imprisonment. The trials that reached these verdicts were conducted behind closed doors with no evidence of any due legal processes being applied. Tibet Society calls on the British government to issue a statement condemning the executions in the strongest possible terms and to urgently engage the Chinese government regarding the absence of due legal process apparent in the trials of those executed. more

Tibet Society engages Chinese Ambassador at Labour Party Conference
[10 October] The only organisation advocating for Tibet, Tibet Societys presence at the 2009 Labour Party Conference in Brighton ensured that Labour MPs, members, the international media and other delegates were engaged about the pressing political and human rights issues facing the Tibetan people. Direct representations were also made to the Chinese Ambassador, who was present at a conference fringe meeting. more

UK Minister of State visits Tibet
[17 September] Following a brief visit to Tibet and talks in Beijing, Ivan Lewis called for "greater autonomy" and "respect for human rights", emphasising the need for dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama's envoys, in a Beijing press conference dominated by the issue of Tibet. more

UK Tibetans welcome new representative
[8 September] A warm reception was hosted by the Office of Tibet and the Tibetan Community in Britain at the Tibet House on Monday evening, to bid farewell to the outgoing Representative of the Dalai Lama Mr Tsering Tashi, and to welcome his successor, Mr Thubten Samdup. more

Suspended death sentence for Tibetan girl
[21 April] A Chinese court in Tibet has sentenced a Tibetan to death with a two-year reprieve and two others to long jail terms for setting fires that killed six people in the Lhasa riot last year, Chinese state media said Tuesday. more

Two Tibetans sentenced to death
[20 April] On 8th April two Tibetans (Lobsang Gyaltsen or Loyak) were sentenced to death for their part in the demonstrations in Lhasa, two others were given death sentences with a two year reprieve and a fifth was sentenced to life imprisonment. There is no mention of the specific charges, only that they were found guilty of setting fire to shops resulting in the deaths of the owners. more

Shocking Video Footage
[6 April] The Tibetan government has released very rare footage of the inhuman treatment of innocent Tibetans demanding their human rights in last years uprising in Tibet. The graphic footage is highly disturbing and only confirms the brutal measures and sufferings of Tibetans by the Chinese police and soldiers in suppressing unarmed Tibetans. more

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