DHARAMSHALA: A Tibetan student has burned himself to death to protest against the Chinese government in eastern Tibet. The self-immolation protest coincided the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to India last week.
Lhamo Tashi, 22, set himself on fire outside a police office in Tsoe area in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (incorporated into China’s Gansu Province) on 17 September.
“The police took his body and informed the family. Despite their request to have his body returned, it was cremated by the authorities and his ashes given to them on 19 September,” London-based human rights group Free Tibet said in a statement.
The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile today passed a unanimous resolution to express condolence and solidarity with the deceased and his family members.
“We are deeply saddened to learn about the death of Lhamo Tashi following his self-immolation protest against the Chinese government’s repressive policies in Tibet. We mourn and express solidarity with his family members,” Speaker Penpa Tsering said.
The total number of self-immolation protests has risen to 131, of which 113 died. The self-immolators have demanded freedom for Tibetans and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
The Central Tibetan Administration has repeatedly urged the Chinese government to end its political repression, religious persecution, cultural assimilation and economic marginalization and environmental destruction in Tibet to address the issue of Tibet. It has consistently appealed to Tibetans to not to resort to drastic actions including self-immolation. (CTA’s White Paper: Why Tibet is burning…)
The international community, including governments and parliaments, have also urged the Chinese government to end its repressive policies in Tibet and resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue with the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.