Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11.1, United Nations (1948)
No Shugden Buddhist has been convicted of any violent crime and yet the Dalai Lama and his representatives continually slander these innocent people by referring to them as murderers and terrorists.
It is shameful that a head of state, and his most senior leaders, would so comprehensively disregard the presumption of innocence - a cornerstone of any free society.
There was a horrific murder in Dharamsala in February 1997. Geshe Lobsang Gyatso and two of his assistants were murdered. This case has never been solved. No one has been charged, let alone convicted. There are many possible motives for this attack as Gen Lobsang Gyatso had many enemies - he had written articles humiliating the Tibetan Guerrilla movement, men who had been waging a violent struggle inside Tibet’s borders for fifty years - and was reported to have just returned from a fundraising trip with a many thousands of dollars in cash.
There is a video of Prithvi Raj, Chief of Police of Kangra District, making allegations against Shugden practitioners. The claims he makes are based on evidence shown to be erroneous or fabricated13. He specifically alleges he has a record of phone call being made from the murderers to a phone registered in the name of Geshe Chime Tsering a prominent member of the Dorje Shugden Society in Delhi… Geshe Chime Tsering has no phone registered in his name.
The only legal ruling on the case so far has been a reprimand against the Dharamsala police for illegally detaining members of the Shugden Society of Delhi.
Even if the murderers were Shugden Buddhists, to then accuse all Shugden Buddhists of being murderers, is nothing more than base prejudice. Nonetheless, the Dalai Lama and his representatives have wasted no opportunity to spread this slander.
“This gruesome act was exploited to the hilt by the government-in-exile with only one aim in mind: Resorting to all possible means they tried to incriminate the Dorje Shugden Society in Delhi.”
- Helmut Gassner, Translator to the Dalai Lama in Europe for 17 years.
A Criminal Offence to Pray?
On 17 March 2014, the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies passed a resolution that:
‘recognises also the Dolgyal followers […] as criminals’14
What kind of government passes a resolution that condemns people as ‘criminals’ simply for preserving their faith and not accepting beliefs imposed upon them by their government?
As Dr Stephanie Roemer points out in her research: ‘The Central Tibetan Administration does not tolerate any opposition within exile “democracy”’.
The Dalai Lama repeats slanderous prejudice against Shugden practitioners, none of whom have ever been convicted of these crimes.
The Tibetan prime minister slanders innocent Shugden practitioners.