Two young men die in separate protests against China’s occupation of Tibet

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Two 23-year-old Tibetan men died today after setting fire to themselves in separate protests against China’s occupation of their country. 31 Tibetans have set fire to themselves in protests against China’s occupation since the beginning of November 2012, 94 since this protest movement began in 2009 (1). Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden commented: “Free Tibet has grave concerns for the welfare of Tibetans living in the townships where today’s protests took place. “China has announced collective punishments it intends to mete out on communities where protests take place, and Free Tibet has documented, time and again, China’s flagrant violations of human rights, including the use of lethal force, during the uprising in Tibet. “Tibetans continue to call for freedom, despite the cost. It is beyond time for the world to take decisive action for Tibet.” Pema Dorjee (2) set fire to himself at 4:35pm local time in front of Shetsang Monastery, Shetsang Township, Luchu County, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (3). There is no further information available at this time of the situation at the location of the protest. Kunchoek Phelgay (4), a monk, set fire to himself at 5:30pm local time in front of Tragtsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery's assembly hall in Shagthom Township, Dzoge county, Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (5). Kunchoek Phelgay died at the scene. His body is in Tragtsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery and monks who belong to the monastery are praying for him. Ends Notes to Editors 1) Full list of Tibetan self-immolations: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet Free Tibet press releases detailing recent protests: http://freetibet.org/news-media/press-releases 2) Portrait photograph of Pema Dorjee available on request from harriet@freetibet.org. Pema Dorjee was from Chokhor village, Shetsang (Ch: Xicang) Township, Luchu (Ch: Luqu) County, Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. 3) Chinese: Xicang Township, Luqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. 4) Portrait photograph of Kunchoek Phelgay available on request from harriet@freetibet.org Kunchoek Phelgay was studying at Tragtsang Lhamo Kirti monastery. He was from from Drengwa (Ch: Zhanwa) Township, Dzoge (Ch: Ruoergai) County, Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. 5) Chinese: Hongxing Township, Ruoergai County, Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. 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 interviews and further information please contact Free Tibet’s Director Stephanie Brigden: E: stephanie@freetibet.org M: +44 7971 479 515 S: stephaniefreetibet