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Further information on UA 425/91 (ASA 17/72/91, 5 December) - The People's Republic of China (Tibet Autonomous Region): health concern / fear of ill- treatment: Sonam Wangdu

, N° d'index: ASA 17/006/1992

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 17/06/92
Distr: UA/SC
13 January 1992
Further information on UA 425/91 (ASA 17/72/91, 5 December 1991) - Health
Concern/Fear of Ill-treatment
The People's Republic of China:Sonam Wangdu
Sonam Wangdu was admitted to the People's Hospital in Lhasa in the first week
of December 1991, according to unofficial sources in the capital of the Tibet
Autonomous Region. He is said to be in a serious condition.
Prior to his hospitalization Sonam Wangdu, a 36-year-old Tibetan trader, was
reported to be critically ill in Drapchi prison in Lhasa, where he is serving
a life sentence for the alleged murder of a policeman during a demonstration
in March 1988. The exact nature of his illness is not known, although reports
have suggested that he may have been seriously injured when prisoners were
beaten or punished for taking part in protests following the death on 15 December
1990 of a political prisoner also held in Drapchi prison. According to Tibetan
sources he has been repeatedly transferred from the prison to the Public Security
Hospital and back since he was first reported ill in December 1990.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telexes/ airmail letters:
- welcoming Sonam Wangdu's transfer to the People's Hospital, but expressing
concern that he did not receive suitable medical care sooner;
- urging the authorities to ensure that he continues to get all the appropriate
medical attention, and to make public information about his current state of
health;
APPEALS TO:
Tibet Autonomous Region President:
Gyaincain Norbu Zhuxi
Xizang Zizhiqu Renmin Zhengfu
Lasashi
Xizang Zangzu Zizhiqu
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Dear President
Regional Chief Procurator:
YANG Youcai Jianchazhang
Xizang Zizhiqu Renmin Jianchayuan
Lasashi
Xizang Zangzu Zizhiqu
People's Republic of China
Telex for both: 68014 FAOLT CN or 68007 PGVMT CN
Salutation: Dear Procurator
Supreme People's Procuratorate President:
LIU Fuzhi Jianchazhang
Zuigao Renmin Jianchayuan
Beijing
People's Republic of China
Telex: 210070 FMPRC CN or 22478 MFERT CN
Salutation: Dear Chief Procurator
page 2 of FU 425/91
COPIES TO:
Editor, Tibet Daily:
JIA Rui Zongbianji
Xizang Ribao
Lasashi
Xizang Zangzu Zizhiqu
People's Republic of China
Secretary, Chinese Communist Party Regional Committtee:
HU Jintao Shuji
Zhonggong Xizang Weiyuanhui
Lasashi
Xizang Zangzu Zizhiqu
People's Republic of China
Chief Editor, People's Daily:
SHAO Huaze Zong Bianji
Renmin Ribao
Jintaixilu 2
Chaoyangmenwai
Beijingshi 100733
People's Republic of China
and to the office of the Xinhua news agency and diplomatic representatives
of the PRC in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 24 February 1992.

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