DHARAMSHALA: In a special report published by the US government’s Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), the commission has outlined an apparent correlation between increasing government repression of freedom of religion in Tibet with the 12 instances of self immolation protests in 2011.The report titled, ‘Tibetan monastic self-immolations appear to correlate with increasing repression of freedom of religion’ was released on 23 December on their official website. (Click here)
The commission also reported from each of it’s 10 annual reports (2002-2011), which revealed a trend of deterioration in the environment for Tibetan Buddhism, especially in Tibetan Buddhist monastic institutions.
The special report also noted that the situation in Tibet worsened significantly after the peaceful protests that swept across the Tibetan plateau in March and April 2008.
The party and government responded to these protests by intensifying long established anti-Dalai Lama campaign and issuing regulatory measures that intrude upon and micro manage Tibetan Buddhist monastic affairs, the report says.
The Chinese government also implemented aggressive legal education programs to brain wash the Tibetan monks and convened a high level party forum to establish a coordinated policy across the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).
The first case of self immolation protest in Tibet occurred in 2009 when Tapey a.k.a Tashi, 24, a monk of Kirti monastery set himself on fire in Ngaba county in eastern Tibet.
12 instances of self-immolation protests took place this year against the Chinese government’s growing repression of human rights and religious sentiments of the Tibetans.
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) was created by the US government in October 2001. It is an independent agency which monitors and report on human rights issues with a particular focus on compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.