On September 16 a Tibetan man named Kunchok set himself on fire outside a police station in Tibet to protest Chinese rule in Qinghai Province. He is being treated, but an anonymous source said that Kunchok is unlikely to survive. This is the 133rd Tibetan self-immolation since 2009, and the second this month. Radio Free Asia has more information here.
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News of a Tibetan father of two becoming the 122nd person to set himself on fire in protest of the Communist Chinese government’s policies in Tibet came simultaneously with the release of a detailed report by human rights groups on China’s repressive measures to control Tibetan Buddhism.
Tibet Post International and other sources report that the 41-year-old man, identified only by his first name, Sichung, set himself alight Saturday after making offerings to a portrait of the Dalai Lama. He walked about forty steps down a highway in Sichuan province, near where people were gathered for a prayer ceremony, “shouting slogans against Chinese rule.” Sichung died from his burns. Chinese soldiers, who had already gathered to monitor the prayer event, prevented local Tibetans at gunpoint from recovering the body and took it away themselves.
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) issued a report Sunday, titled “Chinese Crackdown on Tibetan Buddhism,” in which they called for an end to China’s increasingly onerous policies in Tibet, citing them as the driving cause for the desperate wave of Tibetan self-immolation protests since 2008. Read More »
Phayul.com reports: “A Tibetan monk died minutes after setting himself ablaze near Boudhanath stupa in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu earlier today (0730 hrs local time). The monk has been identified as Karma Nyedon Gyatso. Karma was from Damshung in Tibet and had arrived at the Kathmandu Tibetan Refugee Reception Centre on 30th January 2012…This is the second self immolation by a Tibetan this year in Nepal which in recent years has increasingly clamped down on the cultural and political expression of its Tibetan community numbering over 20,000.” Incident details and images (warning: graphic) may be found at this link.
Numerous outlets are reporting that Kunchok Sonam has become the 121st Tibetan to protest the Chinese occupation of his homeland by self-immolation. The 18-year-old monk was described as having shouted slogans for a free Tibet before setting himself on fire in front of his Thangkor Soktsang monastery, located in the area of Ngaba, where there have been several other such protests this year alone. Kunchok Sonam died from his injuries, and eyewitnesses said his fellow monks successfully fended off Chinese authorities’ efforts to seize the body.
Phayul.com reports that the Tibetan nun Wangchen Dolma, from the Tawu region of Kham, has died of trauma sustained from self-immolation June 11 in protest of China’s ongoing occupation of her homeland.
According to the article:
“Family members of the deceased’s are being kept under house arrest by local Chinese authorities, following an ongoing clampdown on all channels of communication in the region.
“According to the Dharamshala based exile Tibetan administration, Wangchen Dolma passed away on June 14 in a hospital in Dartsedo where Chinese security personnel had forcibly taken her from the protest site. Read More »
In reports coming out of Tibet, a man self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation in the Adril region of Eastern Tibet on Monday. Tenzin Sherab, 31, died at the scene. His body was confiscated by Chinese police but returned to his family the next day.
Two young monks are dead after self-immolating at the Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery in Zoege, Eastern Tibet, on Wednesday evening, Phayul reports. Lobsang Dawa, 20, and Kunchok Woeser, 22, set themselves alight outside the monastery’s main prayer hall. Both of them died at the scene, and their bodies were taken back to their rooms for prayer services. Chinese police have reportedly ordered that both bodies be cremated by Thursday morning.
There are also reports that a young mother self-immolated on Wednesday in Zamthang, Eastern Tibet, but these have not been confirmed. Read More »
Reports are just coming in that a 20-year-old woman set herself alight and died in Zamthang county, in the Ngaba region of Northeastern Tibet, Tuesday afternoon. Chuktso (also identified as Jugtso) self-immolated near Zamthang Monastery around 3 p.m. and died at the scene. Chuktso leaves behind a husband and a 3-year-old child. Read More »
A monk is dead after self-immolating in the Luchu region of eastern Tibet last week. Reports have emerged that Kunchok Tenzin, 28, set himself on fire at an intersection near Mogri Monastery in Luchu last Tuesday, March 26. He died at the scene, and Tibetans brought his body inside the monastery and cremated it so it wouldn’t fall into the hands of Chinese police. Read More »
The number of Tibetans who have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation since 2009 has grown to at least 113, as the deaths of a Tibetan monk and nun last year have officially been ruled immolations.
Tulku Athup (also known as Thupten Nyendak Rinpoche), 45, and his niece, 23-year-old nun Atse, died on April 6, 2012, when a fire broke out inside Tulku Athup’s hut at Dzogchen Monastery, in Kham, Eastern Tibet. Read More »
A man and woman are dead after self-immolating in separate protests in the Ngaba region of eastern Tibet.
Lobsang Thokmey, 28, set himself on fire Saturday afternoon inside his room at Kirti Monastery. Carrying prayer flags, he rushed outside toward the monastery before collapsing. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died. Phayul reports that his body was later taken away by Chinese police. Thokmey leaves behind his parents and four siblings.
Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser was awarded the 2013 International Women of Courage Award in absentia by the US State Department on Friday, in honor of her work to call attention to human rights abuses in Tibet.
In presenting the award, Secretary of State John Kerry said that Tibet has become “increasingly identified with self-immolations and protests against the deteriorating human rights condition.” Since 2009, over 100 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of China’s ongoing occupation. Read More »
Two Tibetan teenagers are dead after self-immolating in Kyangtsa, in the Ngaba area of eastern Tibet, on Tuesday evening. Rinchen, 17, and Sonam Dhargye, 18, set themselves alight around 9:30 p.m. Both died from their burns, and their families claimed their bodies.