DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration today organised a special prayer service to mourn and express solidarity with all Tibetans who have sacrificed their precious lives for the cause of Tibet by setting themselves on fire in Tibet.
Lobsang Kalsang, 18, a monk of Kirti Monastery, and Dhamchoe, 17, died after setting themselves on fire this Monday, bringing the total number of known self-immolations to 51. These Tibetans self-immolated to protest against the Chinese government hard-line and repressive policies, and demand the His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.
Thousands of Tibetans, including the officials of the Central Tibetan Administration, attended today’s prayer service at Tsuglagkhang.
Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay said the international community, including the US and EU, have passed resolutions urging the Chinese authorities to take proactive steps to ease security clampdown in Tibet, address the underlying grievances of Tibetans through dialogue, and cease promoting policies that threaten the Tibetan language, culture, religion, heritage and environment.
“We urge the Chinese government to heed the urgent appeal of the international community to end the tragedy in Tibet,” Kalon Tripa said.
He appealed to individual governments to use their good offices to engage the Chinese government to end the crisis in Tibet at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly meeting in September, to allow fact-finding delegation and international media to visit Tibet, and to pursue substantive dialogue with the Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the issue of Tibet.