Since 2006, Spain’s High Court in Madrid has been reviewing a lawsuit filed on behalf of Tibetans against former Chinese officials for alleged genocide, torture, crimes against humanity and terrorism. This historic lawsuit, brought by Tibetan support groups, is the first case seeking to define the Chinese State’s treatment of the Tibetan people. Those charged include former PRC president Jiang Zemin, and former Prime Minister, Li Peng. In August this year, the court, which successfully prosecuted Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, said it would investigate five more high-ranking Chinese officials over accusations that they oversaw widespread killing and torture to suppress this year’s protests in Tibet. Pema Dhondup speaks with Alan Cantos, Director of the Comité de Apoyo al Tibet, the Madrid-based NGO that has been presenting the case, by phone from his home in Madrid.
TIBETAN REVIEW: Advances made in the Spanish lawsuit on genocide and other crimes in Tibet (Feb 15, 2008)