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Santa Barbara- Outraged members of the
organization
Students for a Free
Tibet (SFT) at UC Santa Barbara will participate
in a
worldwide week of
action to highlight the plight of imprisoned
Tibetan
spritual and community leader Tenzin Delek
Rinpoche.
On Wednesday, December 1st, students will
converge in
the Arbor at UCSB for a 24-hour fast in
solidarity
with the Tibetan Youth Congress in India and
other
Tibetan support groups all over the globe.
The outdoor solidarity fast will begin on
Tuesday,
November 30 at 11pm and last until Wednesday,
December
1 at 11pm at the Arbor on the UCSB campus.

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is a highly respected
Buddhist
leader from
eastern Tibet. He was convicted on false charges
and
sentenced to
death by the Chinese authorities in December
2002,
with a two year
reprieve. He has been held incommunicado
detention
since his sentencing and could be executed by the
Chinese government anytime after January 26th
2005.

“Tenzin Delek is a Buddhist monk who is
well-known for
teaching his community nonviolence and
compassion, as
well as working for the preservation of Tibetan
culture, religion, and the environment.” Said
Miguelito Mendoza the Regional Coordinator for
Students for a Free Tibet for all chapters in CA,
NV,
HI. “His story illustrates how dire the
situation is
in Tibet
under the Chinese occupation-the Chinese
government
will not tolerate any Tibetan who works for the
preservation of Tibetan identity, because they
view
this as a thread to their authority. Our SFT
members
here at UCSB are committed to doing everything we
can
to fight this injustice.”


#more#
In February 2004, Human Rights Watch released a
report
(http://hrw.org/reports/2004/china0204/) harshly
criticizing the Chinese government for Tenzin
Delek’s
imprisonment. Tibetans and their supporters
around
the world have been campaigning for Rinpoche’s
arrest
and have vowed to intensify pressure on the
Chinese
government until he is released. Numerous
international governments have already demarched
China
on this case.

Students for a Free Tibet is an international
student
run organization
that works in solidarity with the Tibetan people
in
their struggle for
freedom and independence. Through education,
grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct
action,
we campaign for Tibetans' fundamental right to
political freedom.

For more information:

www.studentsforafreetibet.org
www.savetenzin.org
http://hrw.org/reports/2004/china0204/
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