Tenzin Delek Rinpoche (Chinese: 阿安扎西 Pinyin: A’an Zhaxi), a highly respected Tibetan lama recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was charged with “crimes of terror and incitement of separatism” in 2002. His conviction was based on a confession obtained under torture by his alleged co-conspirator, Lobsang Dondrup, and no other evidence was offered. To date, no court documents have been released, shrouding the proceedings in secrecy.
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has been in prison for 13 years and is known to be in extremely poor health with a serious heart condition and high blood pressure. During a rare visit to see Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, his family spoke to a doctor who told them that he believed Tenzin Delek Rinpoche had a serious heart condition for which he needed surgery.
We are appealing to world governments to urgently pursue the medical parole of long-term political prisoner and Tibetan Buddhist monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche whose influence in his local community in Tibet and activities preserving Tibetan culture led him to become a political target of the Chinese authorities.
An official application for medical parole was made by Tenzin Delek’s family in 2014. Authorities have not responded to the application nor have they granted visitation rights to the family. Tenzin Delek is entitled to both visitation rights and medical parole under Chinese law.
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is eligible for medical parole under Chinese law. He is known to be chronically unwell and he has served over seven years of his sentence.