Free Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

Free Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

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April 7, 2014 marked 12 years since Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's arrest. Rinpoche is a respected Buddhist teacher and Tibetan community leader who has been a prisoner of the Chinese state. Every day he spends in prison is one day too many.

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was charged with "causing explosions" and "inciting separatism”, charges for which no evidence has ever been provided and he has steadfastly maintained his innocence. His original trial (December 2002) was not held in accordance with international fair trial standards and he was denied the right to be represented by lawyers hired by his family.

On April 7, SFT and Tibet groups took action to call for Tenzin Delek's immediate release. We joined his family and students across the world to create the public attention this campaign deserves and urged governments to push China to release Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.

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Background on Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's case:

Free Tenzin Delek Rinpoche


Global Day of Action

APRIL 7, 2014


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These are significant dates associated to Rinpoche's arrest. Save these dates so we can create the global appeal Rinpoche needs to get his freedom back!

- April 7: Day he was arrested (Find a protest near you!)

- December 2: His original trial date

- January 26: Execution of Lobsang Dhondup (Rinpoche's distant relative was also accused of "causing explosions" and "inciting separatism”, he was sentenced to immediate death.)


Take action for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's Release


Tenzin Delek Day of Action1. Join the Global Day of Action: April 7, 2014

2. Send a letter to your elected leader to highlight Tenzin Delek's weakening condition and urgent release; Sample letter
3. Sign the petition calling on key countries who have already spoken out for Tenzin Delek to take further action
4. Tweet and Share petition on social media Sites #FreeTenzin
5. Tweet and share Tenzin Delek video:
6. Change your Facebook Timeline Cover



1. Organize a protest outside your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate
2. Call your community members, friends and family to your event.  Make a Facebook Events page
3. Download Tenzin Delek Facebook Timeline cover
4. Download Tenzin Delek Placards and Banner
5. Get creative with your actions! For example, Find 12 people to wear Tenzin Delek Rinpoche Masks to represent the 12 years of imprisonment.
6. Download Tenzin Delek Flyers
7. Download printable petition (add signatures online)
7. Encourage people to sign the petition and send appeal letter to their elected representatives
8. Take great pictures and videos of your actions on social media sites and with us at sftmedia[@]