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The minister for the Department of information and international relations, Kelsang Yangkyi. Takla speaking to media in Dharamshala, India. Photo: TPI/FileDharamshala: Tibetan Government in-exile on Friday condemned the Chinese government's decision of death sentence to one Tibetan and long prison terms to five others, an official statement said. This follows a statement of the Tibetan Parliament in-exile, on Thursday said it "strongly condemns the inhumane approach towards people who dare to express themselves either individually as writers or together in a peaceful mass demonstration."

'The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) is deeply concerned that the Chinese government has once again handed down a death sentence to one Tibetan and lengthy prison terms to five other Tibetans,' the minister for the Department of information and international relations, Kelsang Yangkyi Takla said in the statement.

'We strongly condemn the harsh sentences arbitrarily meted out without truly conducting an open and fair trial. The recent verdict is against the spirit of China's first national human rights action plan (2009-2010) which stipulates that every precaution shall be taken in meting out a death sentence and judicial procedures for death sentences will be stringently implemented.' she said in the statement.

Kelsang Takla said the ruling runs against claims of China's "tremendous achievements in the promotion and protection of human rights" during the UN Human Rights Council's periodic review of China's human rights record last year. The head of the Chinese delegation to the UN, Mr. Li Baodong, had also said since the founding of New China in 1949, " a fundamental social and political system for the promotion and protection of human rights has been established."

In the statement, she criticized China, saying "we are deeply concerned that despite these pledges, since March 2008 seven Tibetans were given death sentences out of which two Tibetans were executed on 20 October 2009.

Exiled Tibetan government "once again appeals to the Chinese government and the international community, especially the UN Human Rights Council to give due consideration on the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet," the statement appealed.

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