Tenzin Delek Rinpoche - Urgent Plea For Medical Parole
"I have been wrongly accused"
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is in extremely poor health with a serious heart condition and high blood pressure. During a rare visit his family spoke to a doctor who told them that he believed Tenzin Delek Rinpoche needed surgery.
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is eligible for medical parole under Chinese law, being chronically unwell and having served at least seven years of his sentence. An official application for medical parole was made by Tenzin Delek’s family in 2014. To date his family have not heard from the authorities about this legitimate application.
I appeal to you to press China for the urgent release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche on medical parole. Numerous successful examples of political prisoners held in China being released on medical parole following diplomatic intervention can be seen and urge that you help save Tenzin Delek’s life in this way. More information
Name: Tenzin Delek Rinpoche བསྟན་འཛིན་བདེ་ལེགས་ [CH: 阿安扎西 Pinyin: A'an Zhaxi] Date of birth: 1950 Formal arrest: April 7, 2002 Charge: "Crimes of terror and incitement of separatism" Sentence: Death sentence with a two-year reprieve; later commuted to life imprisonment and reduced to a term of 20 years. Expected release date not known. Current location: Chuandong Prison, Sichuan Province
Summary: Highly respected community leader and advocate of Tibetan identity and culture.
Status: Known to be in extremely ill-health with a heart condition. He is eligible for medical parole, which has been formally applied for by his family.
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is eligible for medical parole3 under Chinese law, being chronically unwell and having served at least seven years of his sentence. An official application for medical parole was made by Tenzin Delek’s family in 2014. To date his family have not heard from the authorities about this legitimate application, and have not been granted visitation rights, as deemed the right of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche under Article 48 of The Prison Law4, since 2013.
The deteriorating human rights environment in Tibet must be given greater prominence by international governments. Publicly raising the case of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, with a specific ask for medical parole, may not only afford him protection from further ill-treatment but significantly increases the prospects of him receiving the parole and medical care he so desperately needs.
3 Chinese Ministry of Justice, "Measures for Carrying Out Medical Parole for Prisoners", 1990; "a prisoner who has contracted a serious, chronic illness that has not been successfully treated after a long period of time. . . and who has served at least one-third of a fixed-term sentence, is eligible for medical parole." http://duihua.org/wp/?p=2608 4 Article 48 of The Prison Law of the People's Republic of China, http://www.china.org.cn/english/Judiciary/31277.htm