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Seventy Tibetans detained for allegedly inciting immolations

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.

Eight Tibetans convicted of inciting immolations

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.

Video: Robert Thurman releases statement about Tibetan immolation phenomenon

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.

For more, see Thurman’s Buddhadharma essay on the immolations, and see Buddhadharma News‘s own ongoing coverage.

Tibetan teen dies from poisoning before self-immolation attempt

Jigjey Kyab in an undated photo

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 »

Tibetan man burns to death in second self-immolation of 2013

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.

Phayul reports that Tsering Phuntsok is survived by a wife and two children. It’s uncertain what happened to his body — Read More »

Getting perspective on the Tibetan immolation phenomenon

Photos of Tibetan self-immolators on display at a pro-Tibet rally in New Delhi on Monday, Human Rights Day

Today’s New York Times features a thoughtful Op-Ed by Chinese human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong about a visit to Tibet during the ongoing wave of self-immolations. “I am sorry we Han Chinese have been silent as Nangdrol and his fellow Tibetans are dying for freedom,” he says.

Though counts being kept around the world do vary, around 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest China’s occupation of Tibet. Most of these incidents took place this year, and their rate of occurrence doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Twenty-eight Tibetans immolated in November, when the Chinese Communist Party met to choose new leaders, and at least five Tibetans have done so this month. How did this begin? Read More »

Two more Tibetans dead in latest self-immolation protests

Kunchok Phelgye

Two young men are dead after separate self-immolation protests in eastern Tibet on Saturday, reports.

Kunchok Phelgye, 24, a monk at Sumdo Monastery in Dzoege, set himself on fire at the Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery late Saturday afternoon.

Sources said he shouted for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche, exiled head of Kirti Monastery, as flames engulfed his body. He died at the scene, leaving behind nine family members, including his parents.

Also on Saturday afternoon, Pema Dorjee, 23, self-immolated near the Shitsang Monastery in Luchu. Read More »

Updated: Tibetan monk dies from self-immolation; teen injured in separate immolation protest

A 29-year-old monk has become the latest Tibetan to self-immolate in protest of China’s occupation of Tibet. Lobsang Gendun set himself on fire Monday evening in Golog Pema Dzong, eastern Tibet. Gendun, who was a monk at the Penag Kadak Troedreling Monastery, reportedly clasped his hands in prayer and shouted slogans calling for Tibet’s independence. He died in the street at the scene of his protest, and his body was brought back to his monastery. He is survived by his parents and 11 siblings.

On Sunday, a 17-year-old was injured after self-immolating elsewhere in eastern Tibet. Read More »

Report: Eastern Tibet sees two more fatal self-immolations

The Tibet Post is reporting two new cases of fatal self-immolation in Tibet: that of 21-year-old Wande Khar, and that of 31-year-old Tsering Tashi.

According to the report, Wande Khar “set himself on fire at around 7pm Tibet time on November 28 in Tsoe city, Gansu Province,” calling for “the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet, the release of the Panchen Lama, freedom for Tibet, culture and language Rights and the protection of Tibet environment.”

The second self-immolation, that of Tsering Tashi, “occurred in Luchu County, Amdho region, eastern Tibet on November 29.”
Both men are survived by their respective parents, as well as siblings. Additionally, Tsering Tashi is survived by his wife. Read the Tibet Post‘s full report here.

Two Tibetan men die from self-immolation

Chinese state media are reporting that two more Tibetans have died after self-immolating in protest of China’s occupation of Tibet. Thirty-five-year-old Tsering Dongri (identified by other sources as Tsering Dundrup) set himself on fire near a remote gold mine in Gansu on Tuesday. A man in his 20s, identified as Wangchen Norbu, self-immolated later on Tuesday at the home of his brother, a Buddhist monk, in Qinghai Province late Monday. Read More »

Two more Tibetans die in self-immolations

Two more Tibetans died this weekend after self-immolating in protest of China’s occupation of Tibet. On Saturday, a 24-year-old man named Sangdhak Tsering self-immolated in Rebkong, eastern Tibet. He died from his injuries, leaving behind a three-year-old child. Earlier in the day, Chagmo Kyi, a taxi driver and mother of two, died after setting herself on fire in nearby Rongwo.

At least 76 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009, 14 of them since November 7, the day before the Chinese Communist Party met to choose new leadership. Click here for all of Buddhadharma News‘ coverage of the wave of protests.

Two more young Tibetans dead in immolation protests

News reports from Tibet say that two more people have died after self-immolating in protest of China’s continued occupation of Tibet. reports that a 23-year-old woman, Tangzin Dolma, died after setting herself on fire in the Tsemo Region of Rebkong, Eastern Tibet. A large funeral is reportedly being planned for her.

Earlier on Thursday, Phayul also reported, an 18-year-old man named Kharbum Gyal died after self-immolating in Rongwo, also in Rebkong. He leaves behind his parents and six siblings. Other sources give his name as Karpongya and his age as only 14. Read More »

Two more Tibetans die in self-immolation protests Monday

A Tibetan man at a vigil for Nyingkar Tashi and Nyingchag Bum in Dharamsala, India

Two Tibetan men died in self-immolation protests yesterday, becoming the eighth and ninth to self-immolate in just the past week.

Both immolations happened in the village of Dowa, in Rebkong County, where three other immolations have happened this month. The first man was Nyingkar Tashi, 24, who reportedly set himself alight in the afternoon during a prayer ceremony honoring Tamding Tso, a young mother who died in a self-immolation protest last week.

The other man was identified as Nyingchag Bum, an 18 year-old Tibetan who self-immolated about four hours later outside a Chinese government building. According to Tibet Post International, 72 people have now self-immolated in protest of China since 2009, resulting in at least 57 deaths. Read More »