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Self-immolation protests and suspicious deaths continue inside Tibet

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Several news outlets are reporting that a Tibetan woman, Dekyi Choezom, immolated herself in the Kyigudo region of eastern Tibet on June 27. The forty-year-old is believed to have self-immolated in protest against Chinese policies, though Tibet Post International (TPI) reports that “her demands were not explicit.” Dekyi has so far survived, though she is in the hospital with severe burns. At least 42 other Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation since 2009.

In other news, TPI also reports that on July 1, the body of a 43-year-old Tibetan monk by the name of Drakmar Phelgye was discovered near a police station in Palung County. Read More »

Dalai Lama passes on self-immolation question, citing retirement from politics

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has generated a bit of press for choosing not to answer a question on the self-immolation protests in Tibet. In London to receive the recently awarded 2012 Templeton Prize, His Holiness received the following question from a reporter at a media conference:

“All over Tibetan areas, Tibetans have been setting fire to themselves — self-immolating in protest against Chinese rule. Can you tell us whether you think that they should stop this now, or should they continue?” Read More »

Two more self-immolation protests in northeast Tibet on Thursday

The People's Liberation Army in Ngaba

At around 1 PM (CST) on Thursday, two young Tibetan men self-immolated in Zamthang county, Ngaba prefecture in northeastern Tibet. Choephag Kyab and Sonam, both around 20 years old, set themselves afire in protest of Chinese rule in their homeland. The two reportedly died from their injuries, and their bodies were taken away by locals. More than 35 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009, and the majority of these cases resulted in death.

For past coverage of the self-immolation protests, please follow this link.

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Beyond self-immolation: A dynamic range of protest

Recently, we’ve of course been bringing reports from news services and advocacy organizations about the wave of self-immolations by Tibetans in protest of the Chinese government’s rule of their homeland. (For more on this, you can scroll through past posts here on Buddhadharma News, or take a look at this helpful but sobering factsheet provided by International Campaign for Tibet.)

With a total of thirty-three immolations so far (since February 2009), it may seem as though this sort of thing has become the primary method of protest. However, a recent report details other methods of mass protest being carried out by Buddhist monastics and lay people. Read More »

Two new self-immolations — one fatal — reported

This morning the Associated Press reports that two new cases of self-immolation in protest of Chinese rule have taken place. Two monks, Tenpa Darjey and Chimey Palden, took up the protest — and one of them is reported to have died. Read the AP’s breaking report here, via the Washington Post.

Tibet: Monk, age 34, survives self-immolation in Tongren

Another Tibetan monk has self-immolated today in the town of Tongren, the second self-immolation in only a week. He is, at this time, believed to be alive and to have returned to his monastery.

More on the story after the jump. (And don’t miss “Cry for Freedom,” Robert Thurman’s commentary on the self-immolation phenomenon, from our current magazine.) Read More »

Ngaba, Tibet: 18-year-old dies in self-immolation protest

The People's Liberation Army in Ngaba, Tibet

On March 5, an 18-year-old man named Dorje was the latest Tibetan to self-immolate, this according to a press release from the exile base for Kirti Monastery, making him the third Tibetan to self-immolate in only a week. Dorje self-immolated while marching toward a government building located in Cha while shouting in protest of the restrictive atmosphere in Ngaba,. He died from his injuries. Read More »

Self-immolation toll rises amid protests in Tibet; situation grows grim

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Last Friday, three Tibetans self-immolated in Serta county of Tibet, leaving one unidentified man dead on the scene. The other two, a 60-year-old named Tsering and a 30-year-old named Kyari, were left seriously injured. Chinese authorities responded by deploying even more security forces in the area, escalating an already tense situation.

On Wednesday evening, another Tibetan monk self-immolated in Ngaba County of Tibet, bringing the self-immolation toll to 21 since February 2009. Read More »

“I pray that these sacrifices have not been in vain” — Karmapa releases statement on Tibetan self-immolations

Today His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa released the following statement via the Karmapa Office of Administration Press in Bodh Gaya:

Reports have just emerged that three more Tibetans set themselves ablaze within a single day in eastern Tibet. This comes shortly after four Tibetans immolated themselves and others died in demonstrations in Tibet during the month of January. As tensions escalate, instead of showing concern and trying to understand the causes of the situation, the Chinese authorities respond with increasing force and oppression. Each new report of a Tibetan death brings me immense pain and sadness; three in a single day is more than the heart can bear. I pray that these sacrifices have not been in vain, but will yield a change in policy that will bring our Tibetan brothers and sisters relief. Read More »

Update: Another self-immolation followed by shooting from Chinese forces, according to reports

Another Tibetan self-immolated Saturday and is feared dead, say reports coming out of Ngaba, Eastern Tibet. According to, unrest began between townspeople and Chinese officials when “security personnel arrived at the scene of the self-immolation and severely beat the Tibetan layman while putting off the flame.” Read More »

A wave of new self-immolations hits Tibet

Sonam Wangyal. Photo via Tibet Post International.

Tibet saw three new self-immolation protests this weekend. On Friday, a monk and a layperson set themselves afire near Kirti Monastery in eastern Tibet. Both men are feared dead. Saturday, the Central Tibet Administration put out the following statement regarding the incident:

“The latest incidents, which occurred on January 6, 2012, involve one monk and one layperson, with the latter reportedly having succumbed to his injuries.”

On Sunday another monk, Sonam Wangyal, self-immolated and died of his injuries in the town of Dharlag in Golok county. Read More »

Tibetan dies from injuries following latest self-immolation protest

Courtesy of Tibet Post International

According to an Associated Press report this morning, a Tibetan rights group has confirmed that the latest Tibetan to self-immolate in protest has died as a result of his injuries. The 46-year-old former Tibetan monk Tenzin Phuntsog died on Tuesday in a hospital in Tibet’s Chamdo region, this following his self-immolation protest of December 1. Read More »

Thirteenth self-immolation in Tibet this year

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Another Tibetan has self-immolated in Eastern Tibet, the thirteenth to do so in protest of Chinese repression this year. Tenzin Phuntsok, a former monk in his forties, set himself afire on Thursday before being taken away by Chinese authorities. His condition and whereabouts are, as of this writing, unknown.

Buddhadharma has been covering the self-immolation phenomenon for quite some time now. To read other relevant articles on the topic, see here.

Read more on this latest incident at Tibet Post International.