On Tuesday January 26, 2004, the International Campaign for Tibet Europe and Tibet Support Group Netherlands held a vigil to commemorate China’s execution of Lobsang Dhondup one year earlier.

The vigil took place in front of the Chinese Embassy in The Hague with a group of supporters.

Lobsang Dhondup and Buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche were arrested in April 2002 and charged with “inciting separatism” and “conspiring to cause a series of explosions” and were sentenced to death following a trial and appellate review that lacked minimum standards of due process.

The two organisations submitted a memorandum to the Chinese authorities through the Chinese Ambassador, Ms. Xue Hanqin, expressing grave concerns that the trial of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was unfair and that he is weak due to torture. The memorandum also urged authorities to launch a full and impartial investigation into all allegations of torture and ill treatment of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and those connected with his case, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.