Tibetan activist dies after years campaigning for a free Tibet

Sherab Tsedor
Sherab Tsedor

22nd June 2017

Sherab Tsedor passed away yesterday after a heart attack

A Tibetan activist and self-immolation survivor Sherab Tsedor passed away on 21 June 2017 at the Tibetan Medical and Astro-science Institute, Dharamsala.

Sherab Tsedor passed away due to a heart attack, at the age of 30, after many years campaigning for freedom for Tibet. During his time as a prominent Tibetan freedom activist he held executive positions on the boards of the regional Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) and the National Democratic Party of Tibet.

On learning of his death Sherab Tsedor’s long-time friend Tenzin Tsundue wrote:

“He was a true patriot who dedicated his life in the Tibetan freedom movement. He was a good man; kind and deeply sensitive to others … All his life he worked for Tibet. May he now rest in peace.”

A history of campaigning

Since becoming active, SherabTsedor was responsible for organising a solo march for Tibet and hunger strikes.

In 2012, he also started a blindfolded campaign across India to highlight the problems faced by Tibetan people. He travelled hundreds of miles and visited 43 major cities to collect over 20,000 signatures for his petition, which urged the Chinese Government to respect the fundamental rights of the Tibetan people and allow international independent fact-finding delegations and media to visit Tibet.

Prior to this campaign, on 4 November 2011, Sherab Tsedor set himself alight outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi to protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet and its brutal repression of Tibetans. The Indian police immediately put out the fire and took him to the hospital.

While he survived, despite sustaining a major burn to his right leg, this form of protest is often fatal. Last month, Free Tibet highlighted the cases of two young men, Jamyang Losel and Chakdor Kyab, who died after setting themselves on fire.

Sherab Tsedor’s friends from the TYC and his relatives have organised prayers and an opportunity for visitors to pay their last respects.

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