China executes Tibet protesters

Jonathan Watts: 24/10/09

Chinese authorities have carried out their first executions of Tibetans in connection with the deadly riots that swept Lhasa last year, according to exile groups. As the first reported judicial killings in the region for six years, the news has prompted overseas protests and concerns that proper legal procedures were not followed. Chinese state media have yet to confirm the executions. However, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, based in Dharamsala in northern India, said it had reports that they took place early on Tuesday. It identified three of the executed Tibetans as two men – Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak and a woman named Penkyi. A fourth was not named.