Fatal self-immolation in Tibet

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Ninth fire protest of 2014

On 16 December 2014 at around 9am local time Sangyal Khar, aged 34, self-immolated in front of the police station at Amchok, Sangchu County, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in eastern Tibet. He died at the scene.
Police arrived shortly after the self-immolation and forcibly removed his body.

Sangyal Khar was the father of two daughters. He was from Khyungri Thang village.

Sanghyal Khar is the first Tibetan to self-immolate since 17 September this year – the previous self-immolation also took place in Kanlho (2).132 confirmed self-immolations have taken place inside Tibet, with a further two deaths by fire thought to be as a result of self-immolation (3).

Information provided by Tibet Watch.

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Notes to editors

(1) Location: Amchok, Sangchu County, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), Gansu Province (Ch: Amuqu, Xiahe County, Gannan TAP, Gansu).

(2) Most recent self-immolations: Lhamo Tashi, 17 September http://freetibet.org/news-media/pr/fatal-self-immolation-tibet , Kanlho TAP, and Kunchok, 16 September 2014 http://freetibet.org/news-media/pr/man-survives-self-immolation-protest-tibet

(3) Full list of self-immolators at http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet