Fatal self-immolation in Tibet

Sunday, 21 September 2014

First self-immolation protest since April

On 17 September, Tibetan student Lhamo Tashi set himself alight and died in Tsoe City, where he was studying, in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, eastern Tibet (1).

Lhamo Tashi staged his self-immolation protest around 12.30am local time outside a police office. The police took his body and informed the family. Despite their request to have his body returned, it was cremated by the authorities and his ashes given to them on 19 September.

Lhamo Tashi was from Drukdo village, Pora township, Sangchu County, Kanlho TAP.

Lhamo Tashi is the first Tibetan to self-immolate since Tinley Namgyal on 15 April this year (2) and his protest is the seventh self-immolation in 2014. A total of 130 confirmed self-immolations have taken place inside Tibet, with a further two deaths by fire thought to be as a result of self-immolation. In December 2013, monk Tsultrim Gyatso died in a similar protest in Sangchu county (3).

Free Tibet director Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren said:

"Self-immolation has now become an uncommon form of protest in Tibet but the death of Lhamo Tashi shows that Tibetans remain willing to take their own lives in response to China's occupation. Tibetan resistance remains peaceful despite the intense repression Tibetans face and it demands the world's support."

Information provided by Tibet Watch.

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Notes to editors

(1) Location: Tsoe City, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Gansu Province (Chinese: Hezuo, Gannan TAP, Gansu)

(2) http://freetibet.org/news-media/pr/fatal-self-immolation-protest-today-tibet

(3) Full list of self-immolation protesters

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