One More Tibetan Self-immolates, CTA Urges Chinese Government to Address Grievances of Tibetans


March 6, 2012 3:25 pm

Press Release

6 March 2012

DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration is deeply saddened by the death of another Tibetan due to self-immolation in Ngaba in northeastern Tibet on 5 March. The Central Tibetan Administration strongly urges the Chinese government to address the underlying causes which are  pushing Tibetans to set themselves on fire.

Dorjee, aged 18, set himself on fire while marching on a bridge towards the local government office in Cha town in Ngaba. He reportedly died on the spot, and his body was bundled away by the police and security forces.

With this latest self-immolation incident, 26 Tibetans comprising of monks, nuns, nomads, and students, have set themselves on fire since 2009. Out of that group, 19 have died.  They all called for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.

The Central Tibetan Administration reiterates its appeal to the Chinese government to address the genuine grievances of the Tibetans inside Tibet and resolve the Tibet issue peacefully.

“We also appeal to the governments and the international community to make urgent representations to the Chinese government to end the tragic cycle of self-immolation in Tibet by adopting liberal polices in Tibet,” said Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, Department of Information & International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration.

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