Justice for Tenzin Delek
After Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died while in Chinese prison, on the early morning of July 16, Rinpoche's body was cremated by Chinese authorities despite repeated calls from his family and international community that his body be returned to the family.
TAKE URGENT ACTION NOW!
Urge you government to demarche China and push for an international inquiry into Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's death by taking 3 simple actions today:
1. Call your Elected Representatives (see sample letter below)
2. Write to your Elected Representatives (see sample letter below)
3. Tweet at your Elected Representatives: "#TenzinDelek died unjustly imprisoned! @[YOUR MP] his family must be released, and China must be condemned! #JusticeForTenzin"
This past month has been excruciatingly painful for relatives of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, but our collective actions can make a critical difference in ensuring justice for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.
China must know that we will not stand silent while entire families are persecuted for standing up for their people.
Find your representative:
SAMPLE TALKING POINTS TO USE WHEN CALLING YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES:
* Hi, my name is XXX and I'm calling because Tenzin Delek - a revered Tibetan monk and political prisoner - died after 13 years in Chinese prison. Prison authorities cremated his body despite repeated calls from his family, the US Government (and other governments) that his body be returned to the family.
* Tenzin Delek was innocent and the US and other countries have been calling for his release for many years, most recently calling for medical parole on the grounds that he was very ill as a result of years of torture and abuse in Chinese prison.
* China must be held accountable for its treatment - and ultimate death - of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, which violates international human rights standards. We know that Beijing pays attention when the US issues strong condemnations in these cases.
* Also, while the US has asked China to investigate the circumstances around Tenzin Delek's death, the Chinese government cannot be trusted to do this properly and therefore I am requesting the US join with other governments in launching an international inquiry into the circumstances of his death.
SAMPLE LETTER TO SEND TO YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES:
Dear INSERT TITLE & NAME OF ELECTED REP,
I’m writing because Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a revered Tibetan monk and Tibet’s highest profile political prisoner, died after thirteen years of torture and denial of medical attention in Chinese prison. Prison authorities cremated his body despite repeated calls from his family and world governments that his body be returned to the family. Today, I ask you to take urgent action on this matter.
Tenzin Delek was innocent and many countries like the USA, Germany, France and the UK have been calling for his release for many years, most recently calling for medical parole on the grounds that he was very ill as a result of years of torture and abuse in Chinese prison.
While some governments have already asked China to investigate the circumstances around Tenzin Delek's death, the Chinese government has not shown any sign of co-operating as they have intensified efforts to intimidate Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s family and community in the aftermath of his death.
We appreciate the efforts that our government has taken so far in addressing Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s death, but the aftermath of his devastating passing clearly demonstrates that actions taken so far are simply not enough. We need to see stronger action to hold the Chinese government accountable.
I am pleased to update you that after fourteen days in Chinese detention, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s sister, Dolkar Lhamo, and her daughter, Nyima Lhamo, were safely released by Chinese authorities on July 30th. Now, I ask that you call on President Obama to publicly condemn China for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's death, while in custody, during Chinese President Xi Jinping's first official US state visit to Washington, DC at the end of this September.
Although I am comforted that Tenzin Delek’s family is safe at the moment, the Chinese government has yet to address the injustice of his death in custody. Furthermore, human rights organizations report that security personnel have enforced a military lockdown and communication blackout targeting all Tibetans in Tenzin Delek’s hometown of Lithang and his monastic seat of Nyachukha.
Careful and appeasing statements by our government over Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s death do not hold the Chinese government accountable. With China’s crackdown on the human rights of Tibetans - and Chinese - intensifying, now is the time for like-minded governments to issue the strongest possible diplomatic condemnations of China’s blatant disregard for human rights and to hold it accountable on the international stage. President Xi Jinping’s first official state visit to the White House presents a prime opportunity for the US government to lead this call.
Today I ask you to,
1 Call on President Obama to publicly speak on Tibet and Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s death in the lead up to and during President Xi Jinping’s first official state visit to the White House at the end of September.
2 Request the U.S. Department of State to join other governments to demarche China over the death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and call for an independent investigation into his death into the suspicious circumstances of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s death i.e. carried out by the United Nations or other governments.
I look forward to hearing from you on this matter and thank you for taking the time to address my request.
TAKE YOUR ACTION FURTHER:
2014 TENZIN DELEK RINPOCHE ACTIONS:
KOLKATA, INDIA NEPAL
NEW YORK CITY