Death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche
We are saddened to learn that Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama who has been a political prisoner since 2002, has died in prison. We express our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and supporters.
The United States had consistently urged China to release Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, most recently out of concern for his health. We hope Chinese authorities will investigate and make public the circumstances surrounding his death.
We urge Chinese authorities to return his body to his family or to his monastery so that customary religious rituals can be properly performed.