Self-Immolation Protestor Released

Lobsang Gyatso
Lobsang Gyatso
15th May 2017

Lobsang Gyatso has been released after five years’ imprisonment


A monk who carried out a self-immolation protest in 2012 has been released from prison. Lobsang Gyatso, now 24, is from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, eastern Tibet.

At the time of his protest on 13 February 2012, Lobsang Gyatso was 19 years old. He set himself on fire in the main street of Ngaba Town. Armed forces subsequently arrived at the protest site, doused the fire and took him away.

He spent five year years in Deyang Prison in Sichuan Province before his release last week. He arrived back at his home around midnight of 10 May.


Adding Torture to Injury

On top of the physical injuries sustained through his self-immolation protest, Lobsang Gyatso was also subjected to severe torture and beatings during his five years and three months in prison. His current health condition is not known. 


Continuing Protests

Self-immolation protests against Chinese repression continue among the Tibetan people, the latest being carried earlier this month by Chakdor Kyab, a 16-year-old. With three such protest actions this year having been reported, in all there have been nearly 150 self-immolation protests across Tibet since 2009. In most of cases the protester has later died from their injuries. Details of these protests can be seen here.

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The Panchen Lama has been missing since he was kidnapped in 1995 as a 6-year-old. Tibetans to continue to demand that China reveals where he is and that he is in good health, so we have launched a global push to make sure that this happens. Get involved with our campaign to free the Panchen Lama.