Photograph of self-immolation (1): Two Tibetan men set fire to themselves

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Free Tibet press release

Two young Tibetan laymen, Nyawang Norpal, 22, and Tenzin Kaldrup, 24, set fire to themselves at approximately 3:30pm local time in Zathod Township, Tridu County, Eastern Tibet (2). Tenzin Kaldrup died at the scene and Nyawang Norpal’s condition is described as critical. Both have been taken to the local Zilkar monastery.

Nyawang Norpal and Tenzin Kaldrup left a letter saying that they were setting fire to themselves for the sake of all Tibetans and calling for solidarity amongst Tibetans.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden commented:

“Tibetans are giving their lives to highlight the horror of life under Chinese rule and yet the international community remains mute. We must break this shameful silence.”

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Notes to editors

1. Photograph of today’s self-immolation and portrait photographs of Nyawang Norpal and Tenzin Kaldrup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/sets/72157630209580284/

2. Chinese: Chenduo County, Yushu Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai

3. For more information on self-immolations in Tibet: http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/selfimmolations

4. Free Tibet’s ‘Break the Silence’ campaign: http://freetibet.org/campaigns/call-world-leaders-speak-tibet

Free Tibet is an international campaigning organisation that stands for the right of Tibetans to determine their own future. We campaign for an end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and for the fundamental human rights of Tibetans to be respected.

For further information and interviews please contact Free Tibet’s Director Stephanie Brigden:
M: +44 7971 479 515
E: stephanie@freetibet.org