We are extremely relieved and happy to let you know that today Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's death sentence was canceled. He will not be executed.
The Chinese authorities have said they commuted his sentence to life imprisonment because he has not violated any laws while in prison. We know that they have made this decision because of international pressure and international pressure only, and we are thankful to the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who spoke out against Tenzin Delek's impending execution. We hope you will take a moment to celebrate this achievement! Together we have helped save the life of a remarkable Tibetan leader.
At the same time, we remain outraged at the detention and treatment of this innocent man and his supporters. In particular, Tenzin Delek's student Tashi Phuntsog was recently released from prison in such terrible condition that he is unable to walk or speak clearly. Two years ago today, Lobsang Dhondup was executed, after an unfair trial. We pledge to continue to take action until Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and all Tibetan political prisoners are free.
There was a time, not so long ago, when the Chinese authorities did whatever they pleased in Tibet. They did not care what the world thought of them and were somewhat untouchable. Now, as they seek to gain international credibility, especially in the time leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, we can influence them more and more and force them to change their ways in Tibet. In fact, we already are.
Change happens because, together, we make it happen. Thank you for helping save Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's life, and please take action below to keep up the pressure to FREE TENZIN!
- Lhadon, Freya, Tendor, Han & the SFT HQ Crew
Yay, guys! <3