HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 c1159W
Mr. Dhanda

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the(a) Chinese Foreign Minister and (b) Chinese ambassador to the Court of St. James's in connection with the imprisonment of Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche. [153294]

Mr. Rammell

I raised the case with Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui in Beijing on 17 December 2003. He replied that Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche had had a fair and public trial and been sentenced in accordance with Chinese law.

The latest EU demarche took place in Beijing on 4 February. In response, Mr. Wang Min, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Organisations and Conferences at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche was in good health and being held in Tuandong prison, Sichuan province.

We have raised Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche's case with the Chinese authorities on a number of occasions, including in our bilateral human rights dialogue and through the EU. We have raised concerns about both his welfare and his medical treatment on other occasions.