INTERVIEW-Tibetan monk decries China pressure on Spain in rights case
By Inmaculada Sanz
MADRID, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The Tibetan monk who caused
complaint through Spanish courts, said on Tuesday he was
disappointed Spain might water down a pioneering human rights
laws that made his case possible.
But he said even if his case - which drew a sharp rebuke
from China this week - is thrown out, it has helped to draw
international attention to the Tibetan cause.
"The Chinese government is putting a lot of pressure on the
Spanish government to change laws, and the Spanish government is
saying 'yes, yes sir,' but the Chinese don't own the world,"
Thubten Wangchen told Reuters in an interview in Spanish in
Thubten Wangchen, a Spanish citizen and a member of the
Tibetan-Parliament-in-Exile, brought a case in Spanish court in
2006 accusing former Chinese official of genocide, torture and
crimes against humanity.
Other parties in the case are the Barcelona-based cultural