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[Fwd: Help!] re Tibetan Ngawang Sangdrol

Subj: Petition for Tibet

Please take a few moments to read this e-mail.
Ngawang Sangdrol is a Buddhist nun who believes that
Tibet should be independent from China. At the age of
10 she was arrested for the first time by Chinese

Her only crime was to participate in a peaceful
demonstration for the independency of Tibet from
China. When she was 13 she took again part in a
peaceful demonstration. She was too young to be
brought to trial under Chinese law, nevertheless
Chinese authorities held her for 9 months.

In June 1992, at the age of 15, she was once more
arrested by Chinese authorities for trying to stage a
peaceful demonstration with fellow nuns. Subsequently
she was accused for "subversive and separatistic
activities" and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment in
the notorious Drapchi prison. Her sentence was
extended for another 6 years in October 1993. The
reason for this was the fact that she had sung an
recorded independence songs in the prison together
with 13 other nuns. The tape with those songs was
smuggled out of jail and distributed throughout

In 1996 Ngawang Sangdrol's sentence was again
prolonged for another 8 years as she shouted "free
Tibet" while standing in the rain in the prison's

The third extension of Ngawang's sentence was
announced in October 1998 when she refused to
acknowledge the Panchen Lama, whom the Chinese
authorities had chosen (The Panchen Lama is the
second most important political and religious
dignitary of Tibet. He died in 1998 and ever since
there has been a dispute between Chinese authorities
and the Dalai Lama about who was the reincarnation of
the Panchan Lama).

Including this last extension of 4 years her total
sentence amounts to 21 years. Together with other
prison inmates in the Drapchi prison Ngawang Sangdrol
suffers under inhuman treatment including beating and
solitary confinement with reduced food rations. Today
she has problems with her kidneys as a result of
torture. This inhuman treatment of Ngawang Sangdrol
and prisoners throughout China is a clear violation of
Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
which prohibits torture at all times and under any

"Alas this sad song in my mind
I send to those who help prisoners
These feelings in this dark season [line
I'll never forget the horrible tortures.
May this present misery in prison
Never be inflicted on any sentient being"

I ask you to help Ngawang Sangdrol by signing this
petition and sending a copy to all your friends.

The list will be printed out and sent to:
Premier of the People's Republic of China
ZHU Rongji Zongli Guowuyuan
9 Xihuangchenggenbeijie Beijingsh1 100032
People's Republic of China

By signing this, we demand that Ngawang Sangdrol is
to be released unconditionally and immediately.
Furthermore we demand that the Chinese authorities
respect Article 5 of the UDHR by treating Ngawang
Sangdrol and other prisoners in China with dignity,
and by bringing to an end any form of torture and
inhuman treatment. We demand the Chinese authorities
to disclose all information about the health of
prisoners throughout China by allowing an independent
organization to inspect prisons in China.

1)Don Fell, Glendale, California, USA
2)Dianne Fell, Glendale, California, USA
3) Christine Beckert, Karlsruhe, Germany
4) Tim Bowles, Pasadena, California, USA
5) Rona Bowles, Pasadena, California, USA
6) Whitney Bowles, Pasadena, California, USA
7) Jenna Bowles, Oakland, California
8) Bruce Wiseman
9) David K. Cundiff, MD (Long Beach, California)
10) Gilberto Fleites (Havana, Cuba)
11) Maria Teresa Quintana (Havana, Cuba)
12) Jose Gilberto Fleites (Havana, Cuba)
13) Angeolina Gonzalez (Havana, Cuba)
14) Frank Daller (Ottawa, Canada)
15) Kate Daller (Ottawa, Canada)
16) Hart Jansson (Ottawa, Canada)

PLEASE COPY this email on to a new message, sign the
bottom and forward it (It is better to copy rather
than forward the petition) to everyone on your address

If you receive this list with more than 50 names on it, please e-mail a
copy of it to
dReith@gmx.at <mailto:dReith@gmx.at>.

Even if you decide not to sign, please pass it over!

Thank you, David Reith ----------
David Reith member of group 10 amnesty
international Austria.

For further information about amnesty international
and Tibet you may visit the following sites: www.amnesty.org
www.hrchina.com <http://www.hrchina.com>
www.amnesty.at <http://www.amnesty.at> ----------

For a transcript of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights visit the following site.
www.un.org/Overview/rights.html <http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html>


Please note: Amnesty international takes no position on the
question of Tibetan independence, self determination or any other
territorial question.
Gail Robertson
Services Coordinator
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200 Bloor Street East, NT4 E02
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Email: Gail_Robertson@manulife.com
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