URGENT ACTION: Executions in Lhasa, 20 October 2009
What you can do  to speak out against these abhorrent judicial executions
Harry Cohen, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, has tabled Early Day Motion 2150: EXECUTIONS IN LHASA, TIBET, 20 OCTOBER 2009.
Please urgently contact your MP to ask him or her to sign the EDM (text shown below). Also request that he or she writes to the Foreign Secretary urging that he follows up on the points made within the EDM and to ask what the Foreign Office is doing in practical terms to establish the whereabouts of of the three Tibetans who each received death sentences with a two year reprieve. 

You can email or write, call your MP's constituency or Westminster office or make an appointment to meet at your MP's constituency office or Westminster. Stand up and speak out for Tibet ... we live in a democratic country where we have freedom of expression and civil rights; your MP is in parliament to represent you as a constituent and voice your concerns. We must all speak out about these shocking judicial executions that fly in the face of appeals from
world governments urging the Chinese government to show clemency. Letters sent directly to the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, and Minister of State, Ivan Lewis, at the Foreign Office would also be useful.

The British government is utterly opposed to death sentences and, since the sentences were made public is April, had been working with its European Union counterparts to call on the Chinese government to commute the sentences. It had also openly expressed its concern about due legal processes being observed for these trials. Minister of State in the Foreign Office, Ivan Lewis, was the first world government spokesman to condemn these executions, and referred to the government's concerns in his statement issued in Friday 23 October.

In a media briefing in Beijing on Tuesday 27 October, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu, spoke out against interference following Ivan Lewis's condemnation of the executions saying, "no one had the right to interfere in China's legal process."
(Ref. BBC report)

When you contact your MP, please also mention
that despite confirmation from the Chinese embassy in London that two Tibetans, Loyak and Lobsang Gyaltsen had been executed, there are unconfirmed reports still circulating that four Tibetans were executed, one being named as Penkyi. Ask that your MP seeks clarification on the whereabouts of the three Tibetans, Tenzin Phuntsok, Kangtsuk and Penkyi from Sakya County who in April this year each received a death sentence with a two year reprieve.


EDM no.2150: EXECUTIONS IN LHASA, TIBET, 20 OCTOBER 2009
Tabled on 26.10.2009 by Harry Cohen
That this House is shocked and saddened by the news of the deplorable judicial executions of Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak in Lhasa on 20 October 2009; fully supports the Minister of State's condemnation of these executions and the doubts expressed in his Statement on the lack of due legal processes in these cases; calls on the Government urgently to follow up its concerns about lack of due process; further urges the Government to state clearly what measures it will take to ensure the Chinese government reviews the cases of those who remain under sentence of death for their alleged involvement in last year's unrest; and further calls on the Government to obtain clarification on reports that two further Tibetans were executed at the same time and, if the report is verified, under what legal processes these executions were carried out since there is no information on any other Tibetans having received death sentences without reprieve.


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Useful addresses

David Miliband
Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs
Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH
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Ivan Lewis
Minister of State
Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH
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Prime Minister Gordon Brown
10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AH

Madame Fu-Ying
The Chinese Embassy
49-51 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JL


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