Releasing the 2003 report on Human Rights in Tibet at the World Social Forum this week, the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) urged the international community to pressure the Chinese government to release one of Tibet’s most charismatic religious leaders, currently facing a death sentence under a Chinese offensive against Tibetan religious leaders and institutions. Chinese authorities arrested the 53-year old religious leader, Trulku Tenzin Delek, along with four other monks from eastern Tibet on 7 April 2002. They were charged with involvement in “a series of bomb blasts in Sichuan province” and “incitement to separatism.” On December 2, 2002, Delek was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, which draws to a close this year. Delek is well known for his social welfare services in the east Asian nation, having built seven monasteries and an old people’s home in the Tibet Autonomous Prefecture. In 1997, Delek also built a school for more than 300 children of poor nomads and farmers. Full Story
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