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One More Monk Self Immolates In Ngaba

October 8, 2011

TCHRD PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                             4 October 2011, Dharamsala
Contact: Ms. Dukthen Kyi  (English) / Mr. Jampel Monlam (Tibetan, Chinese)                                         

Tel: +91 1892 223363, 229225, 225874
 
 
Reports confirmed that on 2 October 2011 around 2 noon (Tibet’s local time) one more monk of Kirti Monastery set himself on fire in Ngaba County (Ch: Aba). A 17 years old monk Kelsang Wangchuk was seen on the streets of Ngaba town, holding a photograph of the Dalai Lama and raising slogans of protest against the Chinese government before he immolated himself. Chinese Public Security Bureau (PSB) police rushed at the scene to extinguish the flames and also beat him severely and then took him away to an unknown place. Due to this, no one can confirm Kelsang’s current condition. The PSB also dispersed people nearby who tried to join the protest by shouting slogans.
Few days ago, many leaflets were seen posted in and around the monastery area which said that if the present situation continued many more people are prepared to give up their lives in protest.
The fourth self immolation case in this year, the situation at Kirti Monastery has only worsened though what the residents asked for was improvement of human rights condition in the area. Tibet has not yet witnessed any sign of constructive development nor has the Chinese government shown interest to do so. Instead, the area has been deployed with large numbers of PSB police and People’s Armed Police (PAP). Restrictions have been only intensified with severely tightened traffic. The situation is described as a “war-like situation’.
Just a week before, two Kirti monks set themselves ablaze demanding for religious freedom. We still do not know of their well-beings as the Chinese police took them away too.
TCHRD urges the Chinese authorities to provide good medical assistants to the three monks and to address them humanely. Recent unfortunate news from Tibet has greatly concerned people everywhere. We appeal to all the International Human Rights bodies and governmental structures to approach China with stronger measures.
 

 


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Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Researcher
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
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