European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Tenzin Deleg and Rule of Law in China

January 26, 2006

On January 13, 2005, the European Parliament adopted provisional wording of joint resolution expressing support for the rule of law and calling on China’s government to commute Tenzin Deleg’s reprieved death sentence. The resolution welcomed "the statement by the Chinese authorities according to which anyone who is sentenced to death with a suspension of execution and commits no crime of intent during the period of suspension shall have their punishment commuted to life imprisonment on the expiration of the two-year period." The reprieve will expire on January 26. The EU parliament's daily press summary reported that the resolution was adopted with 99 votes in favor, two opposed, and seven abstentions.