Harassment of family of elderly Tibetan who set himself on fire

25th June 2012

Bereaved families of Tibetans who have self-immolated in protest at China's heavily repressive occupation of Tibet continue to endure harassment by the Chinese Police.

The family of Tamdrin Thar, who set himself on fire outside the Chinese People's Armed Police compound in Chentsa County on June 15, face increased surveillance, interrogations and have suffered restrictions on their freedom of movement.

Interrogation and surveillance

Since Tamdrin’s self-immolation, his relatives have been prevented from leaving their township, been placed under surveillance and police continue to interrogate them. Neighbours and other locals have also faced increased restrictions on their freedom of movement in an effort to halt supporters from visiting Tamdrin's family.

Shows of solidarity

In a gesture of support and solidarity, one group of people from neighbouring Thriga County had prepared to visit Tamdrin's family but found themselves stopped by the local government who have forbidden anyone from showing public solidarity, including collecting donations for the family.

Despite restrictions on freedom and huge risks to their lives, brave Tibetans from Rebkong, Thriga, Golog, Labrang, Bar, Mangra counties and Xining City all travelled to Chentsa County in a show of unity to visit the bereaved family.

More than 40 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest at the repressive Chinese occupation of their country. See the full list.