China has swiftly handed down sentences ranging from two years to life imprisonment to 30 Tibetans in Lhasa on April 29, 2008 on a wide spectrum of charges. Such a large number of cases which involve charges that are as varied and wide ranging would normally require much lengthier and more complex litigations in most other countries. Chinese officials have further promised to complete all other trials for those detained in connection with the Lhasa protests of March 14, by the end of May, and that it will soon begin to try the Tibetans in areas outside the TAR who participated in protests against Chinese rule.
Kunleng invites Mr. Lama Kyab Gazan, a former instructor at Tsognon Trimzin Lopta, a law school in Qinghai, to discuss China's legal system, and the possibilities of whether, and to what extent, such Tibetan prisoners can expect to enjoy any legal rights in today’s China.
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