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Two monks commit suicide in Amdo Ngaba

April 5, 2008

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Dated: 4 April 2008


According to confirm information received by the Tibetan Centre for
Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD),  two monks committed suicide in Amdo
Ngaba (Ch: Aba) as a direct result of relentless oppression by the
Chinese security forces after the series of peaceful protests.

On 27 March 2008, a monk Lobsang Jinpa of Ngaba Kirti Monastery
committed suicide. He hailed from Ngasib Village in Amdo Ngaba. In his
signed suicide note, Lobsang stated, "the Chinese government has leveled
false allegations against the monks of Kirti Monastery for leaking State
Secrets to the outside world, leading and organizing the protests and
for keeping the dead bodies of Tibetan protesters shot dead by the
Chinese security forces. However, all the charges leveled by the Chinese
government were not committed by anyone in Kirti Monastery, but carried
out solely by me". The note further stated "I led the peaceful protest,
and I am solely responsible for the protest". The suicide note carried a
poignant end line, it reads, "I do not want to live under the Chinese
oppression even for a minute, leave aside living for a day. "

In another similar incident, a monk named Legtsok of Ngaba Gomang
Monastery committed suicide on 30 March 2008. The deceased was 75 years
old and hailed from a small hamlet in the upper flank of Ngaba prefecture.

Sources say that days before committing suicide, on 30 March 2008,
Legtsok accompanied by two other monks while on their way to perform
prayer rituals at a house of a Tibetan family encountered a large
contingent of  Chinese security forces heading towards Ngaba Gomang
Monastery to quell the protesting peaceful monks at the monastery. The
forces brutally beat Legtsok and detained him for a few days. Later he
was released and sent back to the monastery.

Just moments before his suicide, he sent two of his disciples to return
the money owned by his other disciples and relatives that was kept with
him for safe keeping. Minutes after his disciples'  departure, he
committed suicide. When his disciples returned, they found him dead.

He repeatedly told his two disciples that "he can't bear the oppression
anymore". Those words served as premonition to his imminent death.

Meanwhile on 3 April 2008, a monk of Ngaba Namtso Monastery was
reportedly beaten to death  by the Chinese security forces. Further
information about the death could not be ascertained at the moment.
TCHRD will issue update when further information surfaces regarding the
death.

According to Tibetan Buddhist doctrine, suicide is one of the gravest
forms of sins violating the cardinal precepts of the doctrine. Buddhist
monks of Tibet were known for their patience and resilience in the face
of  adversity. The cases of suicides point to an indication of Tibetan
monks being pushed to the extreme limits of endurance and helplessness
in the face of oppression and repression by the Chinese authorities in
Tibet.

In the light of the sad turn of events inside Tibet, TCHRD appeals to
the world communities to immediately intervene and prevent the ongoing
repression in the monastic communities in Tibet. The Centre strongly
condemns China's brutal purging and threatening the existence of Tibetan
Buddhism.
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