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**URGENT ACTION ALERT***

Free Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and the Lithang Detainees!

UPDATE: TENZIN DELEK'S DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED

After two years of international outcry, the Chinese government commuted Tenzin Delek's death sentence to life in prison on January 26th, 2005.

After reviewing the case, authorities deemed that Tenzin Delek had committed no crimes while in prison these last two years and thus could receive a lesser sentence. While we are happy that on this day Tenzin Delek is still alive, we are still concerned for his safety, and because the charges against him still appear to be groundless, we will continue to call for his release from prison. Another Tibetan arrested and imprisoned in 2002 for his involvement with Tenzin Delek, Tashi Phuntsok, was released earlier this month, and reportedly has suffered serious physical injury. Like other Tibetans brutalized in prison, Tashi was unable to walk or speak upon his release.

This is just one of many instances that demonstrate why imprisonment in Chinese jails for any length of time, let alone a lifetime, could itself be a death sentence. Please stay tuned for additional information, and for ways you can help.

We thank you sincerely for raising your voice for Tenzin Delek these past two years while he has had none, and we hope we can continue to count on your support!

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