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27 year old Tibetan Jamphel Yeshi passes away

June 2, 2012

For Immediate Release
Contact: Tenzing Jigme             612-232-0286      

New Delhi, 28 March 2012

With great sadness the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) announces the demise of Martyr Jamphel Yeshi who set his body on fire for the cause of Tibet on 26 March 2012 in New Delhi.

Doctors announced Martyr Jamphel Yeshi, 27, clinically dead at 7:30 am (local time) today.

He is survived by his mother and four siblings, all in Tibet.

Martyr Jamphel Yeshi set himself on fire today at around 12:30 pm on March 26, in an apparent protest against the continued Chinese occupation of Tibet in front of hundreds of Tibetans who had converged from all over India at Jantar Mantar to protest Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit.

Martyr Jamphel Yeshi had suffered 98 per cent burn injuries to his body. Doctors had given him zero per cent of survival chance but Martyr Jamphel Yeshi’s heart fought against his body to survive the grueling pain.

Born in Kham Tawu, Martyr Jamphel Yeshi escaped to India in 2006 and studied at the Tibetan Transit School in Dharamshala for nearly three and a half years.

Martyr Jamphel Yeshi has been living in Delhi for the last two years and has actively participated in many of the political activities organised by the TYC and other organisations.

Tibetans in Minnesota will gather at the Gyutoe Tantric Monastery this evening from 6:30pm till 8:30pm to say prayers for Jamphel Yeshi. "We are saddened by this news and we honor the sacrifice that Yeshi has made for our country", says Tenzing Jigme, President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Minnesota - organizers of this prayers service. 

In Tibet, since Martyr Tapey's self-immolation in 2009, 30 Tibetans have set their bodies on fire demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibet. Pawo Jamphel Yeshi's self-immolation marks a milestone in our freedom struggle where Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet stand ever united in our fights against the Chinese occupying forces."

Gyutoe Monastery is located at 
2601 Taylor St. NE, Minneapolis MN 55418

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