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Kashag to Hold Grand Prayer Service to Mourn Tragic Self-immolations in Tibet

October 21, 2011

Press Release

The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration will organize a
day-long grand prayer service at the Tsuglagkhang, the main temple,
in Dharamsala on 19 October 2011, for all those Tibetans who have
self-immolated and those suffering incarceration for their courage
to speak up for the rights of the Tibetan people. Kalon Tripa Dr
Lobsang Sangay will lead the prayer service.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will join the prayer service which
starts at 8:00 AM. His Eminence Gyalwang Karmapa and H E Kirti
Rinpoche will join the prayer service.

The CTA will remain closed for the whole day as a mark of its
solidarity with the Tibetans inside Tibet.

On the same day, Tibetans and Tibet supporters across the world
will also offer day-long prayers and fast as a gesture of
solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet.

Since 16 March 2011, eight Tibetans have set themselves on fire to
protest continued occupation and repression of Tibet by the
government of People's Republic of China. All of them call for the
restoration of freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama to his people and homeland.

From the eight 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 four others, namely Lobsang Kelsang (age 18),
Lobsang Kunchok (age 19), Kelsang Wangchuk (age 17) and Norbu
Damdul (age 19), are still unknown.

The Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile have appealed 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.

The Kashag urges the international community to 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. The Kashag urges the
international community and the media to send fact-finding
delegations to ascertain the situation on the ground inside Tibet.

Media Contacts:

Thubten Samphel, Secretary
+91-98050 24662

Tenzin Phuntsok Atisha, Secretary
+91-98050 22510

Lobsang Choedak, Press Officer
+91-98822 32476

CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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