Friday, October 8, 2010

For Immediate Release


Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Spotlights Rights Deficit

Release Peace Laureate and Other Jailed Rights Defenders

(New York, October 8, 2010)

The awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to the Chinese writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo underscores the urgent need for rights reforms in China, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch reiterated its longstanding call for the release of Liu, whom a Beijing court sentenced to an 11-year prison term on December 25, 2009.

His spurious “subversion” charges stemmed from his role in drafting and circulating Charter '08, an online petition which advocates putting human rights, democracy, and the rule of law at the core of the Chinese political system. Originally signed by 303 Chinese citizens, including rights defenders and legal activists, it has been widely circulated online and has now collected thousands of signatures. Prior to his formal arrest on June 23, 2009, Liu had been held incommunicado since his detention on December 8, 2008.

“This award will no doubt infuriate the Chinese government by putting its human rights record squarely back into the international debate,” said Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “But this Nobel Prize honors not only Liu’s unflinching advocacy; it honors all those in China who struggle daily to make the government more accountable.”

Human Rights Watch has characterized Liu’s arrest as politically motivated, and determined that the conditions of his detention did not meet minimum standards of fairness and due process. A former professor of literature, Liu spent nearly two years in prison following the crackdown on the June 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Following his detention in December 2008, which violated the minimum procedural guarantees specified under Chinese law, a group of prominent signatories, including several Nobel Prize winners, sent an open letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao urging him to secure Liu’s release.

Liu’s imprisonment is part of wider political hardening in China which began in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Since that time, the government has imposed long prison terms on high-profile dissidents on baseless state secrets or “subversion” charges, expanded restrictions on media and Internet freedom, and tightened controls on lawyers, human rights defenders, and nongovernmental organizations. Since early 2007, the Chinese government has also broadened controls on Uighurs and Tibetans; arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances swelled both in Xinjiang and Tibet, and the practice of detaining people unlawfully in secret facilities known as “black jails” has continued.

“The Nobel Committee made an important decision this year to highlight a reality few want to acknowledge about China – that its government continues to persecute human rights advocates, lawyers, and journalists,” said Richardson. “Liu Xiaobo epitomizes the Nobel Peace Prize ideals by never deviating from his belief in peacefully expressing universal ideals and speaking truth to power.” Human Rights Watch also reiterated its call for the Chinese government to release Liu and other jailed or “disappeared” activists including Hu Jia, Gao Zhisheng, Tan Zuoren and Huang Qi. Liu is arguably the most well-known government critic currently in prison, but he is one among many suffering similar – or worse – persecution.

“The Chinese government should see Liu Xiaobo as the Nobel Committee clearly does: not as an enemy or an embarrassment, but rather as someone whose courageous advocacy embodies the best of China,” said Richardson.

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on China, please

To read the July 2009 commentary “Free Liu Xiaobo” by Phelim Kine, please visit:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


No passado Domingo, Tibetanos em todo o mundo votaram na volta preliminar de eleições com vista a nomear os candidatos ao cargo de Primeiro-Ministro e Parlamentares do Governo Tibetano no exílio.

No Nepal, uma hora antes das eleições terminarem, polícia armada surgiu nos locais de voto, confiscando as caixas que continham já milhares de votos.

ACÇÃO: Vamos dizer ao governo Nepalês para, de imediato, devolver as caixas de voto, e parar com os ataques sobre os refugiados Tibetanos.

Juntemo-nos a Tibetanos e seus apoiantes em todo o mundo que já condenaram este acto de repressão, cujo objectivo é impedir o direito democrático do povo Tibetano a livremente eleger os seus líderes políticos.

Nos últimos meses, o governo Chinês aumentou a pressão sobre o governo Nepalês, de forma a que este impeça a realização de actividades políticas pelos Tibetanos que vivem no Nepal. As acções do passado Domingo demonstram claramente a continuidade desta táctica.

Acedam ao link (SFT) em baixo, de forma a enviarem a V/ mensagem à Ministra dos Negócios Estrangeiros, apelando à devolução das caixas de voto !

Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nepalese police seize ballot boxes from Tibetan exile election
ICT report, October 3, 2010

Armed Nepalese police in riot gear seized ballot boxes that were being used by Tibetans to vote for a new Prime Minister and Parliament in exile in a dramatic new development in Kathmandu today.

Permission had effectively been given by the Nepalese authorities for the election in exile, involving nearly 9,000 Tibetans, but police stormed three centers where the Tibetan exile community were placing their vote and took the ballot boxes. According to Tibetan sources in touch with prominent Nepalese rights advocates, the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu had instructed the Nepalese Home Ministry to stop the election.

This is the latest incident of assertive actions by the Chinese authorities in Nepal's sovereign territory, which has led to a tougher approach by the Nepalese authorities to the Tibetan community. More entrenched and vigorous strategies by the Beijing government to influence the Nepalese government, border forces, judicial system and civil society at a time of political transition in Nepal mean that Tibetans in Nepal are increasingly vulnerable, demoralized and at risk.

A Tibetan eyewitness to the seizure of the ballot boxes today said: "This was a terrible day for Tibetans in Nepal. People felt desperate. Many of the Tibetan elders in the community were crying, they were not able to do anything as there were so many police and they were so aggressive." (Footage of the incident by Radio Free Asia:

There is serious concern at the implications for Tibetans in Nepal, as personal and identifying details were included on the ballot forms. The Chinese and Nepalese governments have recently made a new agreement to share information relating to "anti-China" activities in Nepal. The Nepalese press reported that "Nepal and China have set up a high-level mechanism to share intelligence and information on security matters to contain anti-China activities in Nepal." (, August 7).

There is also concern about the impact on the election itself as the Tibetan population in Nepal represent a substantial section of the exile Tibetan electorate.
Mary Beth Markey, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, said: "This is an unwarranted intrusion by the Nepalese police against Tibetans' exercise of their democratic right to a free and fair election. In respect of the democratic process, the ballot boxes must be returned to the Tibetan community in Nepal as a matter of urgency."

The exile Tibetan community in countries across the world voted today in the first stage of a process established by the Tibetan government in exile to elect a new Kalon Tripa, or Tibetan Prime Minister, and also for members who will form the 15th Tibetan Parliament in exile. The present Kalon Tripa, based in Dharamsala, India, is Professor Samdhong Rinpoche.
5316 Tibetans were registered to vote in the Boudhanath stupa area of Kathmandu, 980 in Jawalakhel, and 2336 in Swayambhunath at the nunnery. The same Tibetan source said: "In Jawalakel they had finished voting and the boxes had already been removed by 3:30. In Boudha they took 15 ballot boxes and in Swayambhu they seized five boxes."

Parliamentarians from 14 different countries commemorated the 50th anniversary of Tibetan democracy in exile on September 2 in Bylakuppe, the largest Tibetan settlement in India. At the meeting, the exile Tibetan government and people honored the Dalai Lama for leading the Tibetan freedom struggle and for establishing democracy in the exile community.
The elections today for both the Kalon Tripa and members who will form the 15th Tibetan Parliament in exile were the first step towards the 2011 general elections, which will decide the third directly elected Tibetan Prime Minister and the successor to the incumbent Kalon Tripa, marking the first democratic transfer of executive power. The final round of elections will be held next year on March 20.


Press Statement
October 4, 2010


Police in Nepal yesterday confiscated boxes holding thousands of ballots cast by Tibetans participating in the preliminary round of international elections to nominate candidates to the office of Prime Minister and Parliament of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. Nepali authorities were informed about the election in advance and raised no objections. The electoral process was running smoothly until armed police stormed polling stations in the Kathmandu Valley around 4pm local time and confiscated the ballot boxes. (Radio Free Asia footage of armed Nepali police seizing ballot boxes can be viewed here:
We condemn this heinous act of repression by the Nepali authorities which tramples on the Tibetan people’s democratic right to freely elect their political leadership. Tibetans in Nepal have for decades participated, unimpeded, in the exile Tibetan democratic process and should be allowed to continue doing so. Under the leadership of the Dalai Lama, Tibetans have established a democratic system in exile that represents their commitment to upholding the democratic rights and freedoms denied to Tibetans living in Chinese-occupied Tibet.

It is widely known that the Chinese government is exerting increasing pressure on the government of Nepal to crack down on the political activities of Tibetans and to forcibly repatriate those who escape across the border. Today’s move signals an escalation in Nepal's tactics and these abuses must stop immediately. The mistreatment of Tibetans by the government of Nepal is an ugly stain on the record of a country that has for decades provided a safe haven for Tibetan refugees.

We call on the government of Nepal to immediately return the ballot boxes to Tibetan election officials and end its harassment and mistreatment of Tibetans, especially those escaping persecution in Chinese-occupied Tibet.

Tenzin DorjeeExecutive DirectorStudents for a Free Tibet+1 646-724-0748
Lhadon TethongDirectorTibet Action Institute+1 917-418-4181 Tenzin ChoeyingNational DirectorStudents for a Free Tibet - India+91 9816368335

Friday, October 1, 2010

Acção email dirigida aos Euro-Deputados Portugueses

Caros Amigos,

Apelamos à V/ participação na acção email, dirigida aos Euro-Deputados Portugueses em Bruxelas.

A acção consiste no envio de um email aos EDs solicitando que assinem a Declaração Escrita de Filip Kaczmarek, ED Polaco, na qual alerta para o caso dos três irmãos ambientalistas Tibetano e da condenação injusta de Karma Samdrup.

Para que o Parlamento Europeu adopte a referida Declaração, metade dos Euro-Deputados terão que assinar a Declaração Escrita
até dia 6 Dezembro 2010.

Contamos com o vosso apoio !

Em baixo o modelo de carta e os contactos email dos EDs Portugueses.

Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete

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Declaração Escrita acerca da sentença atribuída ao activista Tibetano Karma Samdrup

Lisboa, 1 Outubro 2010

Exmo (a). Senhor(a) Euro - Deputado(a),

Escrevo-lhe com o intuito de o alertar para os casos de três irmãos ambientalistas Tibetanos que foram recentemente presos, numa acção de represália orquestrada pelas autoridades Chinesas, e para solicitar que por favor adicione o seu nome à declaração escrita no Parlamento Europeu acerca destes três Tibetanos, antes do dia 6 de Dezembro 2010.
No passado, os três irmãos - Rinchen Samdrup, Karma Samdrup e Chime Namgyal - eram considerados pelas autoridades Chinesas como cidadãos-modelo e o seu trabalho ambiental e cultural foi aclamado pelos media estatais. Neste momento, a China intensifica a repressão sobre intelectuais, escritores e todos os cidadãos proeminentes do Tibete.

Karma Samdrup , um conhecido ambientalista e filantropo, foi condenado a 15 anos de prisão, no dia 24 de Junho, sob falsas acusações de "roubos a sepulturas". O irmão mais velho Rinchen Samdrup foi condenado no dia 3 Julho, recebendo uma sentença de 5 anos sob acusações de "incitação à divisão do país" (o seu advogado afirma que ele foi acusado de publicar um artigo sobre o Dalai Lama no seu website). E o irmão mais novo Chime Namgyal está a cumprir uma sentença de 21 meses de reeducação através do trabalho por ter "prejudicado a segurança nacional".

Karma Samdrup, Rinchen Samdrup e Chime Namgyal fundaram o premiado Grupo "Three Rivers Environmental Protection" e têm vindo a realizar uma campanha pela conservação da região de origem dos rios Yangtze, Amarelo e Lancang (Mekong) . O Grupo havia já trabalhado em estreita colaboração com as autoridades, e ganhou vários prémios incluindo o prémio Terra, administrado pela Friends of the Earth Hong Kong, um subsídio da Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environment Protection e um subsídio "Projecto Modelo" da Fundação One, uma entidade de solidariedade criada pela estrela Chinesa de cinema e artes marciais Jet Li. Em 2004, Karma foi convidado a participar no Fórum Social Mundial que teve lugar na Índia, onde defendeu a temática ambiental incluindo a caça ao antílope Tibetano. Teve o cuidado de evitar qualquer envolvimento em actividades políticas.

Rinchen Samdrup e Chime Namgyal foram detidos no dia 7 de Agosto de 2009, após os seus esforços para a conservação da vida selvagem na sua terra, Prefeitura de Chamdo (Chinês: Changdu) na Região Autónoma do Tibete entrarem em confronto com as autoridades locais (aparentemente, eles acusaram um oficial da polícia de caça ilegal; entretanto o oficial já foi promovido). No dia 3 de Janeiro de 2010, Karma Samdrup foi detido pela polícia Chinesa sob a acusação de roubar sepulturas no Condado de Yanqi, na Região Autónoma Uigur do Xinjiang, acusação que remonta a 1998. A polícia afirmou que Karma Samdrup tinha adquirido um determinado número de artefactos supostamente roubados de zonas arqueológicas locais. No entanto, tais acusações foram anuladas há 12 anos atrás pela polícia, depois de Karma Samdrup mostrar que detinha uma licença governamental para o comércio de relíquias culturais. Acredita-se que o verdadeiro motivo para a detenção de Karma foi a sua tentativa, frustrada, de tentar conseguir a libertação dos seus dois irmãos.
Desde a sua detenção, Karma, foi severamente espancado e torturado. Durante a sua presença em tribunal relatou os meses de interrogatório, os períodos prolongados de privação de sono, os espancamentos e ser drogado com uma substância que originou o sangramento dos seus olhos e ouvidos. Pu Zhiqiang, advogado de Karma Samdrup, expressou uma séria preocupação acerca dos obstáculos apresentados pelas autoridades, incluindo provas de adulteração, traduções inadequadas e a recusa dos juízes em ouvir as reivindicações de Karma acerca dos maus-tratos sofridos, em custódia. Ao mesmo tempo, a Human Rights Watch afirmou que este caso demonstra "graves e reiteradas violações do próprio direito Chinês sobre procedimento criminal", incluindo a privação de receber família e advogados durante mais de seis meses após a sua detenção, assim como a ausência de tempo adequado para a preparação da defesa de Karma.

Neste momento de crise ambiental, e dada a importância do Tibete como a fonte dos dez maiores rios da Ásia, os esforços de conservação e protecção de pessoas como Karma Samdrup e seus irmãos são essenciais - para a China, bem como para o Tibete. Sendo o ambiente uma das áreas de interesse comum entre Tibetanos e Chineses, a China tem uma oportunidade para demonstrar progresso e compreensão, incentivando a implementação da protecção do ambiente, em vez de reprimir os indivíduos que se dedicam à protecção do meio ambiente e da cultura.
Solicito-lhe que por favor apoie a actual Declaração Escrita no Parlamento Europeu sobre estes casos, da autoria do deputado Filip Kaczmarek, cujos detalhes estão incluídos em baixo.Agradeço desde já toda a sua consideração.

Com os meus melhores cumprimentos,


(See: to Rule 123 of the Rules of Procedureon the prison sentence handed down to the Tibetan activist Karma SamdrupFilip KaczmarekLapse date: 6.12.20100063/2010Written declaration on the prison sentence handed down to the Tibetan activist Karma SamdrupThe European Parliament,- having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,A. whereas on 25 June 2010 the People's Court in the province of Xinjiang sentenced the Tibetan sociologist and community worker Karma Samdrup to 15 years' imprisonment and deprivation of political rights,B. whereas Karma Samdrup had been brought before the court on a charge of 'robbing ancient tombs' - a charge that had already been dropped in 1998 due to a lack of evidence,C. whereas Karma Samdrup and his brothers, Rinchen Samdrup and Chime Namgyal, have been subjected to torture for a number of months, having aroused the displeasure of the authorities in Chamdo by accusing officials at the local Public Security Bureau of organising illegal hunts for animals threatened with extinction,D. whereas these sentences form part of a new wave of arrests and trials targeting, for the first time since the Cultural Revolution, Tibetan intellectuals, activists and artists,1. Calls on the Chinese authorities to release Karma Samdrup and his brothers immediately and to have Karma Samdrup's case reviewed by an independent court;2. Calls on China to abide by its human rights obligations;3. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Council and Commission and to the parliaments of the Member States.