DHARAMSHALA: Sonam Tobgyal, 27, a Tibetan monk from Kyegudo in Yulshul Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Incorporated into China’s Qinghai Province) whose condition remained unknown after his self-immolation on 9 July has now been confirmed dead, according to a reliable source.
The deceased has left a will dated 1 July. Addressed to the political heads of minority nationalities, he has spoken about the Chinese government’s repressive policies on minority nationalities and the plight of Tibetans in Tibet under Chinese rule.
“The Chinese government through its political measures tries to demolish the very existence of minority communities. Political repression, cultural assimilation, economically marginalization, social discrimination and environmental destruction in Tibet are the key issues in Tibet, and in fact we do not have freedom of speech and there is no one to express our problems,” the will further reads.
Tobgyal also expressed his aspiration of having His Holiness the Dalai Lama returned back to Potala Palace in Tibet. He vehemently urged his fellow Tibetans to be united to resolve the issue of Tibet.