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Self-immolations: Joint Press Statement of Kashag and TPiE

October 17, 2011

Joint Press Statement

October 12, 2011

Since the 2008 uprising in Tibet, the situation in Tibet has been
deteriorating. Particularly, as of March this year, it has become
ever more tense and urgent with the increasing cases of self-
immolation by young Tibetans who find China's occupation and
repression of Tibet intolerable.

Tibetans in Tibet are driven to these drastic acts to resist
political repression, cultural assimilation, economic
marginalization and environmental destruction.

From the seven young Tibetans who self-immolated this year, the
following succumbed to their injuries: On March 16, 2011, Lobsang
Phuntsok (age 21), a monk of Kirti Monastery in northeastern Tibet.
The second reported case, on August 15, 2011 was that of Tsewang
Norbu, (age 29), a monk at Nyitso monastery in eastern Tibet. The
third and the fourth cases were Khaying (age 18), and Choephel (age
19), both former monks of Kirti Monastery. They self-immolated on
October 7, 2011 and died on October 8 and 11 respectively.

The conditions of the three others, namely Lobsang Kelsang (age
18), Lobsang Kunchok (age 19) and Kelsang Wangchuk (age 17) are
still unknown.

The Central Tibetan Administration is deeply concerned about their
whereabouts and well-being.

We express our solidarity with all those who lost their lives and
with all other Tibetans who are incarcerated for their courage to
speak up for the rights of the Tibetan people.

We appeal to the United Nations, freedom-loving countries and
people around the world to show their support and solidarity with
the Tibetan people at this critical stage.

Given the undeclared martial law in Tibet and the increasing cases
of self-immolation, the international community must press the
government of People's Republic of China to restore freedom and
resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue for the mutual benefit
of the Tibetan and Chinese people. In this light, we urge the
international community and the media to send fact-finding
delegations to ascertain the situation on the ground inside Tibet.

The Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile have jointly planned
activities in India and the world-at-large to highlight the
deepening crisis in Tibet.

We call upon all Tibetans and Tibet supporters in the free world to
join efforts and organize activities in their respective regions.
These events must be peaceful, respectful of local laws and
dignified. On October 19, 2011, the Central Tibetan Administration
will offer day-long prayers and encourage all Tibetans to fast on
that day as a gesture of solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet.

To our brothers and sisters in Tibet, we stand with you in
fulfilling our common aspirations, and we share the pain of your
sacrifice.


Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile                          The Kashag

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