The President of the Tibet Intergroup in the European Parliament, EPP MEP Thomas Mann, has strongly condemned the execution of two Tibetans due to their alledged involvement with the riots prior to the Olympic Games in March 2008. Reliable sources claim that Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak were executed on Tuesday last week in Lhasa district. No reports were made by the official Chinese media, and official sources refuse to comment so far.
Thomas Mann: "I expect the Chinese authorities to explain whether an execution of further Tibetans took place and why the death sentences to Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak were pronounced and carried out. I called today on the European Parliament to hold an urgency debate on this incident and pass a resolution. Carrying out death sentences in particular connected with the Olympic Games would be an inconceivable act, demanding a strong response by the EU!"
The Tibet Intergroup:
"60 Years China also mean 20 years Tibet Intergroup (TIG) in the European Parliament (EP). The Tian'anmen massacre in 1989 was the trigger for the foundation. Today more than 100 MEPs belong to the TIG. 2001 we succeeded to arrange - for first time in history - a speech of H.H. in the plenary in Strasbourg", explained Thomas Mann who is President since 1999. The establishment of the Tibet Intergroup 20 years ago coincided with the imposition of the EU arms embargo against the People's Republic of China. Its maintenance down to the present day is one of the biggest successes of our parliamentary work", stressed the TIG President.