Lhasa detentions

12th June 2012

Tibetans from Ngaba targeted

Scores of Tibetans have been arbitrarily detained in Lhasa since two Tibetans set fire to themselves in protest at the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Dorjee Tseten (right) and a second man who we can confirm was a 25-year-old Tibetan named Dargye, were the first Tibetans to set themselves on fire in the capital.

Others arrested

Dargye was a former monk at the Kirti Monastery in Ngaba. His current well-being and whereabouts are unknown.

The owner of the restaurant where Dorjee Tseten and Dargye worked is also from Ngaba. He was detained, along with his wife and other family members, hours after the protest. As of two days ago, they were still being held.

‘Troublesome’ region

Tibetans from Ngaba who are currently in Lhasa are facing excessive restrictions simply because they are from what the Chinese consider to be a ‘troublesome’ region.

Young people are believed to be particularly targeted as they are in the same age bracket as the two protesters who set themselves on fire.

Six leaders of the Ngaba community based in Lhasa are among those who have been detained.

The Ngaba Prefecture Chief of the Chinese Communist Party is currently in Lhasa.

Large protests in Tibet

Ngaba has been the scene for many significant protests during what the media have called the Tibetan Spring. Many self-immolations have taken place there.

Dargye, one of the two Tibetans who set themselves on fire in Lhasa, is a former monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba.