Tibetan monk dies after self-immolating in eastern Tibet

Jamyang Losel
Jamyang Losel

20th May 2017

Jamyang Losel is the fourth Tibetan to have carried out a self-immolation protest this year

A Tibetan monk has died following a self-immolation protest in eastern Tibet. Jamyang Losel set himself on fire yesterday, 19 May, on a street in Chentsa County in Malho.

Jamyang Losel carried out his protest early in the morning (local time), the same day that a big music concert was due to place in Chentsa County. Police and armed forces arrived at the scene immediately and took him away.

He was taken to a hospital in Xining, the provincial capital of Qinghai Province, 127 kilometres away, where he died of his injuries. His body has not yet been returned to his family.

Jamyang Losel was in his twenties and was a practicing monk residing at Gyerteng Monastery in Chentsa County. He is the fourth Tibetan this year to have carried out a self-immolation protest and the second this month, following the self-immolation of 16 year old Chakdor Kyab on 2 May.

Since 2009, nearly 150 Tibetans have carried out self-immolation protests in Tibet. The majority of these self-immolation protests have been fatal.

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