Tibetan mother sets herself on fire during protest

3rd July 2012

A Tibetan woman set herself alight during a protest over land rights in Jyekundo, at approximately 2pm on Wednesday 27 June 2012.

Around 40 years old, Dekyi Choezom is thought to have survived, having been taken to hospital in Xining by security forces.

Tibetan land rights

The self-immolation took place during a protest involving 70 local families against land confiscations by the Chinese state.

Shortly after the devastating 2010 earthquake, local Tibetans began to be removed from their land to make way for government buildings as part of a state reconstruction plan.

Family beaten

Two of Dekyi Choezom’s relatives, who were also protesting, were singled out, beaten and detained by Chinese state security forces while she was still in flames.

Monks and lay people protested for their release, threatening to set themselves on fire if their demand was not met. The two were released later the same day, suffering from injuries inflicted during their arrest and detention.

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