Tibetan Activists Awaiting Snail-Paced Justice

Tibetan Activists-Faced Years Of Judicial Delay

“A ‘Valentine Date’ at the New Delhi High Court is what was decided yesterday, 7 January, by theHigh Court Judge in New Delhi. Eight Tibetans were ordered to appear withaffidavits and proof of residence on 14 February 2011 for what is hoped will be the final hearing of an outstanding court case.

In Spring 1992, nine members of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of Hunsur Rabgyaling settlement in South India embarked on a rally called “Save Tibet Yatra”. The group reached New Delhi on 9 March to coincide with the major campaign activityorganized by the Central Executive of Tibetan Youth Congress for the 33rd commemoration of the 10th March Tibetan National Uprising Day. The following day on 11 March 1992, the nine Tibetans went to the Chinese Embassy in Chanakyapuri around 1 pm, waved the Tibetan National flag and shouted slogans denouncing China’s illegal occupation of Tibet. The group also tried to enter into the Embassy but was prevented by the security personnel on duty. The nine were arrested and later taken to Tihar Jail.

Almost two decades later and after sixty court hearings, the group is once again summoned for hearing in New Delhi High Court. During this time, one of the person passed away. Following a series of unsuccessful hearings and the last decision against TYC, the case was appealed to the Delhi High Court on 25January 2000. The eight are being tried under the Indian Penal Codesection 307, 436, 427, 148, 149, 186 and 353.

Mr. Tenzin Norsang, Joint Secretary of TYC, who was handling this case appealed to the Judge, along with lawyer Mr. Panday, on behalf of all the protestors, noting the difficulty of traveling repeatedly for this case, all the way from South India. The 14 February hearing will hopefully be final. Following the decision to make this a final appearance, TYC Centrex and RTYC Delhi organized a reception in Majnu-Ka-Tila on January 7th to honor the protestors for their enduring spirit and courage. Mr. Pema Dorjee spoke on behalf of the group and asserted that their sacrifice is miniscule compared to the sacrifices made by Tibetans inside Tibet. “We face problems coming again and again for the last 20 years for the hearings,but we never lose our spirit for Tibet’s Independence”, he added.

Honored For Their Dedication To Tibet's Cause

The eight Tibetans are Tsering Thundup(74), Tsering Norbu (74), Namgyal Dorjee(53), Tamding(55),N. Dorjee(54), Lobsang (58), Choegyal (56) and Pema Dorjee(68). Choegyal could not appear for this hearing on medical grounds.

This court case started, and remained pending, since the time Mr. Lhasang Tsering took office for the second time as President of  TYC. Since then seven Centrex teams have changed hands and every office has continued to deal with this case. This may be the longest court case in TYC’s history, but this is definitely not the only case in existence. TYC has to consistently deal with numerous other court hearings of cases that have been lodged over the years resulting from our various campaign activities. The campaigns have been concluded but TYC has to continue to follow up on the court procedures that require our attention. ”

Appreciation to Tenzin Norsang/TYC for the above statement/images

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