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Tibetans protest Chinese Police’s refusal to release body of Self-Immolator -One Civilian shot dead

January 16, 2012

According to latest reports from Tibet, another Tibetan self- immolated on January 14, 2012 in Ngaba county (Sichuan).   The body of the self-immolator was taken away by the local police.  Approximately 700 individuals from the local community surrounded the police station demanding that the body be released. Following the  refusal of the police to do so, a confrontation ensued and an elderly  Tibetan woman was reportedly shot dead by the police.

The Central Tibetan Administration condemns the use of violence  against civilians and appeals the international community to intervene  so as to restrain the Chinese government from further use of violence.   Furthermore, it requests the international community, the United  Nations, and liberal Chinese intellectuals to send observers to assess  the current ground reality.

The People’s Republic of China’s government must take full  responsibility for these cases of self-immolation.  It is within its  power to end these unfortunate incidents by adopting liberal policies  for Tibet and Tibetan people.

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