Early Day Motion tabled in UK parliament
Harry Cohen, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, with cross party support, has tabled an Early Day Motion in the UK parliament. Tibet Society will be calling on its members and UK Tibet supporters to contact their MPs to ask them to sign the EDM (text shown below) and to also request they write 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 (Tenzin Phuntsok, Kangtsuk and Penkyi from Sakya County) who each received death sentences with a two year reprieve.
Cross party MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet have also written directly to the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband following up on the EDM and asking that confirmation is sought from the Chinese government on the whereabouts of Tenzin Phuntsok, Kangtsuk and Penkyi from Sakya County. A series of parliamentary questions will also be tabled in the House.
EDM 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.