SELF-IMMOLATION: Tibetan nomad dies after setting self on fire


File photo: Tibetan PM-in-Exile, Dr. Lobsang Sangay.

Dharamsala, November 23, 2012; Fresh reports coming out of Tibet say a Tibetan , Tadin Kyab, 23, a former monk of Shitsang monastery,  died after setting himself in Luchu (Ch: Luqu) in Kanlho in north-eastern Tibet (incorporated into China's Gansu Province) Thursday night, hours after 18-year-old Lubum Tsering burned himself to death in Rebgong taking the total self-immolations to 80, including 18 in this month alone.
A source from the region said, Tadin Kyab used to say “if he can do the same thing” and that “there is no worth living if His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not allowed to return to his homeland.”
The Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala organised a prayer service on Friday,  to mourn the tragic self-immolations in Tibet and express solidarity with all those Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet.
Tibetan PM-in-Exile, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, appealed to Tibetans and supporters around to world,” Form a coalition with as many human rights groups to organise and participate in the Global Solidarity Day on December 10. I also request them to dispatch delegations to visit different media organisations in order to create awareness about the ongoing tragedy in Tibet. Equally important is to reach out to as many members of Parliament, Congress and government officials.”
“Despite our repeated appeals not to take drastic actions, self-immolations continue in Tibet. Therefore, I appeal to the international community and governments to stand for justice by answering the universal aspirations of Tibetans in Tibet: the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans,” he said.
The strong and unprecedented statement of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and visit by U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke to Tibet clearly shows that the situation in Tibet is dire and needs to be urgently addressed. “We urge the newly appointed Chinese leaders to accept and cooperate with the 12 outstanding requests for official visits to Tibet by U.N. and international bodies. The Chinese government should implement recommendations made by the U.N. agencies rather than resorting to blame game,” Dr Sangay said.

Friday, November 23, 2012