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Young Tibetan man dead after self-immolation protest, sixth in two days

A young Tibetan man has died after self-immolating in protest of Chinese occupation, becoming the sixth to do so in just two days. Phayul reports that Kalsang Jinpa, an 18-year-old nomad, set himself on fire in front of Rongwo Monastery in Rebkong on Thursday. He died at the scene.

Before his fiery protest, Kalsang Jinpa raised a white banner calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the rights of the Tibetan people. Thousands of people have reportedly gathered in Rebkong to pay their respects to him. Read More »

Two Tibetans die in self-immolation protests today

Tibet Post International is reporting that two Tibetan men died in separate self-immolation protests inside Tibet today. Tragically, this marks the 4th and 5th self-immolation protests in less than a week. The protesters were 21-year-old Tsephak Kyab of Sangchu county and Lhamo Tseten, a man in his twenties with a two-year-old daughter. The two men died shortly after lighting themselves afire.

Altogether, more than 60 Tibetan men and women have set fire to themselves since 2009, calling for Tibetan autonomy from China and for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Read More »

Third Tibetan dies from self-immolation in four days

A third Tibetan man has died after self-immolating in protest of Chinese occupation in just four days. reports that Dorjee Rinchen, who was in his late fifties, set himself on fire near a Chinese army camp in Sangchu County on Tuesday afternoon. Dorjee apparently died at the scene, and his family took his body.

Voice of America reports that Dorjee had been appointed leader of the village of Sayue, and he leaves behind a wife, a daughter, and a son. Read More »

Two more Tibetans die in self-immolation protests

Lhamo Kyap

Two more Tibetans have died after self-immolating in the past two days. On Saturday, a 27-year-old named Lhamo Kyap self-immolated in the Amdo region (Sangchu county) of Eastern Tibet. Lhamo reportedly died of his injuries and was transported by locals to Ngonbo Thang Monastery and then to his home. He is survived by a 29-year-old wife and two young daughters.

Then today, a 61-year-old Tibetan layman named Dhondup self-immolated in Sangchu county, on a road near Labrang Monastery. Dhondrup was declared dead later at an area hospital. According to, he is the oldest Tibetan to die from self-immolation. Read More »

Tibetan man dies after self-immolation protest on Saturday

Another Tibetan has died after self-immolating in protest of Chinese occupation. Tamdin Dorjee, 52, set himself alight near a monastery in Tsoe, Kanlho, in northeastern Tibet (also known as China’s Gansu Province) on Saturday. The International Campaign for Tibet said Chinese troops poured into the area after the immolation. Read More »

Watch a new documentary on the Tibetan self-immolation phenomenon

The Central Tibet Administration has released a 30-minute documentary titled The Burning Question: Why are Tibetans Turning to Self-Immolation? The film focuses on the self-immolations in Tibet that started in 2009. It looks at why the self-immolation protests might be happening in the first place, despite efforts by the CTA to persuade Tibetans to not take such action. Watch below.

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Hundreds of Tibetans meet in India to discuss self-immolation protests and Tibet’s future

Around 400 delegates have gathered in Dharamsala in northern India today for a four-day Special General Meeting of Tibetans to discuss the future of Tibet and the growing number of self-immolation protests. Absent from the meeting is His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who retired from political life last year; a portrait of him was carried during the opening procession. According to a Voice of America article of this morning, “the meeting is expected to focus on the religious and political repression faced by those in Tibet, as well as ways to address the dozens of self-immolations over the last few years.”

(Photo by Kevin Wong via Flickr, using a CC-BY license.)

Two Tibetan teens dead after self-immolation protest on Monday

News organizations are reporting this morning that two Tibetan teens self-immolated in protest of Chinese policies yesterday, outside the gates of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, Tibet. The pair, 18-year-old Lobsang Kalsang and 17-year-old Damchoek, died Monday evening from their injuries. Before the two set themselves afire, they shouted slogans of protest (as others before them have done). It has been confirmed that Damchoek was the brother of Tenzin Choedon, a nun who self-immolated in February. Read More »

One Tibetan dead after double self-immolation; another reportedly killed by Chinese police

At least one Tibetan man is dead after a double self-immolation, and another Tibetan has reportedly been killed in clashes that erupted with police. According to the Hindustan Times, a former monk named Tashi, aged 21, and a monk named Lungtok, 20, set themselves alight near the Kirti Monastery in Ngaba Province. Lungtok died, while Tashi was taken away with severe burns.

The Telegraph reports that Chinese police were trying to clear the immolation site when fighting broke out between them and local Tibetans, and one Tibetan man was reportedly beaten to death in the fight. Chinese police were apparently using metal batons spiked with nails to beat people. Read More »

Two new self-immolations in Tibet; one confirmed dead

Two more Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation in the past two days. On Monday, Lobsang Trinlay, a monk at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, self-immolated, according to Radio Free Asia. Before setting himself afire, witnesses say, he shouted for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other exiled Tibetans. At this time, Trinlay’s condition is unknown, though reports say he was taken away by security forces badly burned but alive.

Also, 27-year-old Dolkar Tso of Tasar Village self-immolated Tuesday afternoon. She set fire to herself in front of Tsoe Monastery in Tsoe City in Amdo region, shouting “Free Tibet! Return His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet!” Though the flames were extinguished by locals, Tso died from her injuries. The Tibet Post has the full story, including a photograph. Read More »

Opinions vary widely on Tibet’s self-immolation protests

The New York Times Belief Blog recently ran two opinion pieces on Tibet’s self-immolation phenomenon by Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and writer, and Tenzin Dorjee, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet. The two writers, both supporters of the Tibetan cause, show us just how strong and divergent opinions on this sensitive issue are. Please follow the links below:

Stephen Prothero, My Take: Dalai Lama should condemn Tibetan self-immolations

Tenzin Dorjee, My Take: Why the Dalai Lama cannot condemn Tibetan self-immolations

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Another self-immolation in Tibet; witnesses to the protest arrested

Exiled community vigil. Photo via Tibet Post International.

Tsewang Dorjee, a 22-year-old Tibetan man, has died after self-immolating in Dhamshung region on July 7. According to different sources, either 43 or 45 Tibetans have set themselves afire to protest Chinese rule since 2009. Tibet Post International (TPI) reports that the region where the protest took place is now under lockdown, and those who witnessed the self-immolation have been arrested. Chinese authorities have issued orders prohibiting anyone from discussing the most recent protest. Read More »

Self-immolation protests and suspicious deaths continue inside Tibet

Photo: Uday Phalgun via Flickr, CC-BY license

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 »