December 10, 2004
The protesters are calling on China to release all political prisoners including highly respected Buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, who could be executed any day, his 2 year reprieve expired on Dec 2, 2004. They are also very concerned about the intensified crackdown campaigns against local Uighurs in East Turkistan carried on by the Chinese government under the pretext of international war on terror resulting in more executions and arbitrary arrests. Chinese government announced that more than 50 Uighurs have been sentenced to death with charge of separatism until Sep 13, 2004, according to Wang Lequan, Communist Party Chief of so-called Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Mohamed Tohti, President of the the Uighur Canada Association says: “ we demand the release of Uighur Mrs. Rabiya Kadeer and Tohti Tuniyaz, and the release of the Panchen Lama of Tibet, Gendun Choekyi Nyima and his family. Gendun Choekyi Nyima, a was only 6 years old in May, 1995 when he and his family abducted by the Chinese Authorities.
“We are asking our government in Canada, and others in the free world, to put more pressure and use effective measures to immediately halt the serious human rights violation in China, particularly against Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongolians”, states Jordhen Chazotsang, president of the Canada Tibet Committee, Toronto Branch.
The day also marks the anniversary when His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Times of Tibet