Nun sets herself alight in Tibet

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Free Tibet media release
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Identity and current condition unknown

On 29 March 2014 around 3:00 (local time) a Tibetan nun set herself alight in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, eastern Tibet.

The self-immolation took place near Bhachoede monastery. People circumambulating the monastery extinguished the fire and rushed the nun to a hospital in Bathang. Soon afterwards, Chinese police came to the hospital and prevented Tibetans entering.

Communication lines have been cut in Bathang and no other details, including the nun’s name and her current condition, are available at present.

The self-immolation is the third this March, following two separate incidents on 16 March. Lobsang Palden (2) and Jigme Tenzin (3) both died (4).

Further details will be provided as they become available.

Information provided by Tibet Watch.

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Notes for editors

(1) Location: Bathang county, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Provence (Ch: Batang county, Ganzi TAP).
(2) Free Tibet press release http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/monk-self-immolates-tibet-anniversary-fatal-shootings
(3) Free Tibet press release http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/jigme-tenzin-confirmed-tibetan-self-immolation-protester-rebkong-march-16
(4) Full list of confirmed self-immolation protests at http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/full-list-self-immolations-tibet.