DHARAMSHALA: The 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile released a trio-lingual publication entitled ‘Voices of Tibetan Lives Sacrificed Against China’s Policy of Violent Repression’ in Tibetan, English and Chinese, on Thursday, 14 June.
The book presents a detailed information of names and date of incidents of the 152 known self-immolations from February 27, 2009, to March 7, 2018, and a compilation of their testamentary messages along with photos portraying peaceful protest against the atrocious and hard-line policies of the Chinese government.
It aims to reveal the obliteration of Tibetan culture, destructive plundering of the natural environment of Tibet, peaceful protest under violent repression violent repression of the Tibetan people by the Chinese security forces and the government of China’s war preparation over Tibet.
Ever since the forceful occupation of Tibet by the Chinese government, Tibet not only faces complete violation of human rights, but their peaceful voices are responded with the brutal suppression of heavily armed forces. Thus, in February 2, 2009, Tapey, a monk from Kirti Monastery, Ngaba resorted to self-immolation and from then on till March 7, 2018 with self-immolation protest of Tsekho from Ngaba, Amdo region, there has been 152 known and reported self-immolations—all of whom had protested against the atrocious and wrongful policies of the Chinese government.
The oldest Tibetan who carried out such a self-immolation was 64 years old while the youngest is just 15 years old. The self-immolators included lamas, monks, nuns, farmers, nomads, students and so on. Their demands, as the flame engulfed their body, were ‘Invite his Holiness the Dalai Lama back to Tibet, Let there be freedom in Tibet,’. These messages are a clear indication of their peaceful protest against the atrocious policies implemented by the Chinese government.
However, the Chinese government not only offers distorted explanations on the causes of the self-immolations, they have even resorted to increased restriction by deploying heavily-armed military troops on the peaceful protests. Even their surviving family members and friends are subjected to baseless accusations and unwarranted arrest and torture.
“The selflessness and the courage of the heroic Tibetan men and women imbued with patriotism, led by those who have carried self-immolations for the cause of the Tibetan nationhood, ethnicity and culture, could ever be forgotten by the Tibetan people. That being the case, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has, during its successive sessions, adopted resolutions expressing solemn respect for and solidarity with them in remembrance of their sacrifices. It is but our irreversible duty to be the voice of voiceless in Tibet on the global platform,” said the Tibetan Parliament.
In 2012, the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile had published a book entitled, ‘Messages from Martyrs’, documenting the photos and information of the 51 self-immolators in Tibet from 2009 till August 27, 2012. ‘Voices of the Lives Sacrificed Against China’s Policy of Violent Repression’ is a continuation to the previous book.
‘Voices of the Lives Sacrificed Against China’s Policy of Violent Repression’ is published and distributed by Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.