According to latest reports from Tibet, another Tibetan self- immolated on January 14, 2012 in Ngaba county (Sichuan). The body of the self-immolator was taken away by the local police. Approximately 700 individuals from the local community surrounded the police station demanding that the body be released. Following the refusal of the police to do so, a confrontation ensued and an elderly Tibetan woman was reportedly shot dead by the police.
The Central Tibetan Administration condemns the use of violence against civilians and appeals the international community to intervene so as to restrain the Chinese government from further use of violence. Furthermore, it requests the international community, the United Nations, and liberal Chinese intellectuals to send observers to assess the current ground reality.
The People’s Republic of China’s government must take full responsibility for these cases of self-immolation. It is within its power to end these unfortunate incidents by adopting liberal policies for Tibet and Tibetan people.
Thubten Samphel, Spokesman for CTA, +91 98050 24662
Lobsang Choedak, Press Officer, +91 72779 3866