Two Tibetan teenagers are dead after self-immolating in Kyangtsa, in the Ngaba area of eastern Tibet, on Tuesday evening. Rinchen, 17, and Sonam Dhargye, 18, set themselves alight around 9:30 p.m. Both died from their burns, and their families claimed their bodies.
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Phayul.com reports that another Tibetan has self-immolated in protest of China’s continued occupation of Tibet. Namlha Tsering, 49, set himself on fire Sunday evening in a street in the Sangchu region of Labrang, eastern Tibet. Later reports said that the father of four had died from his burns.
Reports have emerged that a former monk self-immolated in Ngaba, eastern Tibet, on February 3. Free Tibet says it took 10 days to confirm the immolation because Tibetans are afraid of reprisals from Chinese police for speaking out.
Lobsang Namgyal, 37, a former monk at Kirti Monastery, set himself ablaze in front of a police station in Zoege, Ngaba, on the morning of Sunday, February 3. He died at the scene, and his body was cremated by Chinese police.
Phayul reports that Lobsang Namgyal went missing from Kirti Monastery for two weeks last September, prompting frantic searches. It was later discovered that he had been detained by police. Read More »
Update: Phayul reports that the Tibetan monk who self-immolated in Kathmandu on Wednesday in hospital died late last night. The monk has still not been clearly identified — a Tibetan at the hospital called him Lobsang but Nepali police identified him as Dhondup Lotsey. He is believed to have been in his twenties.
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Chinese police have detained 70 Tibetans, accusing them of inciting or encouraging immolations, Reuters reports. Twelve of them have been arrested, meaning they can be formally charged.
Approximately 100 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009, and in recent months, the Chinese government has started arresting people it deems to have encouraged the immolations. Read the full story here, and click here for Buddhadharma News’ full coverage of the immolation protests.
The Associated Press reports that eight Tibetans have been found guilty of inciting others to self-immolate. One monk was sentenced to death, though his sentence will probably be commuted to life in prison.
Around 100 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation since 2009. Read all Buddhadharma News coverage of the protests here.
Robert Thurman, president of Tibet House US and Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, has issued a new video statement about the Tibetan immolation phenomenon. In the video, Thurman states that while Tibetans are not urged to protest in this fashion, and should not be, their sacrifice of those who do should nonetheless be honored. He also shares an anecdote reflecting His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s wish that no one harbor anger or hatred against the Chinese, and that rather compassion should be cultivated in all circumstances.
Tibetan prime-minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay is suggesting that Tibetans forgo New Year’s celebrations on February 11, instead saying prayers for the approximately 100 Tibetans who have self-immolated in protest of China’s ongoing occupation. In a statement released by the Central Tibetan administration, Sangay said:
“Given this continuing tragic situation, I request my fellow Tibetans to not celebrate Losar (Tibetan New Year) with our usual festivities. Instead, when this year’s holiday falls on February 11, I ask you to perform only the customary religious rituals like visiting temples and making offerings. Read More »
A Tibetan teenager, doused in kerosene and holding lighters in his hands, was found dead from apparent poisoning on Saturday. A source said that 17-year-old Jigjey Kyab consumed poison before self-immolating to avoid being tortured by Chinese police if he survived his burns, but the poison killed him before he had a chance to set himself on fire. His body was found in a street in the Shigtsang Pungkor region of Luchu.
Phayul reports that Kyab leaves behind his parents and a sister, and his family described him as “an obedient and well-mannered boy, who was patriotic and felt strongly for the Tibetan self-immolators.” Read More »
A Tibetan man is reportedly dead after self-immolating in the Bora region of Labrang, Eastern Tibet, on Friday afternoon. Kunchok Kyab, 23, set himself on fire around 12 p.m. outside the monastery; reports suggest that he died at the scene. The Tibet Post reports that he is survived by his wife, Dorjee Tso, and their 10-month-old baby. Read More »
A Tibetan man is dead after self-immolating in Ngaba, eastern Tibet, on Friday afternoon. Tsering Phuntsok set himself ablaze in front of a Chinese police station in Kyungchu around 3:15 p.m. Friday. He died at the scene.
Radio Free Asia reports that Chinese police blocked the family of self-immolator Tsering Tashi from carrying out traditional Buddhist funeral rites, instead forcing them to cremate his body immediately. Read more here.
Buddhadharma News‘ original report on his self-immolation follows the jump. Read More »
The Tibet Post reports that a popular writer, Gartse Jigmey, was arrested by Chinese police last week in the Amdo region of Eastern Tibet. Jigmey, 36, had recently finished the second volume of his book Tsengpo’s Power of Heart, which describes “the self-immolations in Tibet, rights of minorities in China, human rights issues in Tibet and peaceful uprisings of Tibetans in Tibet,” as well as the Tibetan government-in-exile, the Dalai Lama, and the Panchen Lama. Read More »