Since 10 March 2011, the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day, seven Tibetans are known to have self-immolated as a form protest against the People’s Republic of China’s occupation of Tibet and in support of the restoration of freedom for the Tibetan people. The most recent sad incident occurred in Ngaba county in northeastern Tibet.
The Central Tibetan Administration condemns the Chinese authorities’ response to the current events. Rather than engage in a dialogue with the Tibetan people to address their grievances, the Chinese authorities have reportedly assaulted the individuals who have self-immolated and taken them into police custody. China is in clear violation of its own laws and international norms with regard to basic human rights.
We appeal to the Chinese government to immediately release those who survived self-immolation and that they be treated with dignity.
The CTA urges Tibetans and all our friends across the world to show solidarity with the people of Ngaba and to highlight the urgency of the grave situation in Tibet. We appeal to the international community to press the government of the People’s Republic of China to resolve the issue of Tibet peacefully through dialogue.
10 October 2011
Thubten Samphel, Secretary
Tenzin Phuntsok Atisha, Secretary
Lobsang Choedak, Press Officer