El Pais, a leading Spanish daily reports on the ‘December 26 Lobby campaign’ by the Tibetan Women’s Association

English Translation by CAT:
El País, 31st January 2014

Alejandra Agudo

International pressure against the reform to universal jurisdiction in Spain

The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) obtains the support of Indian
politicians and lawyers in urging the Spanish Government to stop the
reform that would prevent crimes against their country being judged.

TIbetan women with Ms. Meenakshee Lakhi
TIbetan women with Ms. Meenakshee Lakhi

The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) has launched a campaign to put
pressure on the Spanish Government to “maintain judicial independence”
and not to reform the Organic Law of Judicial Power (LOPJ) that, with
its proposed wording, would limit the principle of universal justice,
and in doing so, result in closing a dozen lawsuits, including the
case under investigation in the Audiencia Nacional against senior
Chinese Communist Party officials for genocide in Tibet.

The campaign by this NGO – which with 16,000 members is the second
most important pro-Tibetan support group – has borne fruit, and a
dozen Indian politicians and judicial representatives have signed this
association’s letter of appeal. Signatories include Shri Bhakta Charan
Das, M.P. for India’s majority Congress Party, Smt Meenakshi Lakhi,
lawyer, politician and spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), Shri Dig Vijay Singh, secretary general of the All India
Congress Committee (AICC), and Shri Puran Mal Saini and Shri Ranbir
Yadav, members of India’s Supreme Court.

With Mr. Dig Vijay Singh
With Mr. Dig Vijay Singh

The letter they have sent to Mariano Rajoy and the “leaders of
European Union member states” reminds Spain of her “universal duty to
prevent and punish the most egregious human rights violations in
Tibet, as offences against all humanity”, and urges the Spanish
president to “resist China’s unacceptable pressure”.

“Spain was the last hope because it is the only country investigating
the crimes in Tibet”, declared Alan Cantos, director of the Comité de
Apoyo al Tíbet (CAT). “But it is not just about Tibet; there is
serious concern about a domino effect, and that other countries might
also begin to restrict universal justice,” he added, “and the only way
the victims have of obtaining justice is in the national courts,
because the International Criminal Court (ICC) cannot investigate
crimes in countries that have not signed the Treaty of Rome, nor
crimes committed prior to its foundation in 2002.”

The CAT has also begun its own international campaign for the Spanish
Government to change its plans. They are collecting signatures (at
present they have about 3,000) that they wish to present to the
European Parliament at a meeting they will have shortly with members
of that Parliament. “We want to warn how China is virtually
controlling both the internal and foreign policies of countries within
the European Union”, he explains.

Cantos has also announced that his organisation “will take all
judicial means” to stop the reform to universal jurisdiction “before,
during and after its approval”. He confirmed that in the case of the
reform ultimately going ahead, they would take the matter to the
Constitutional Court. The director of the CAT hopes that the case
under investigation will continue and, if possible, faster than
before. He has asked Ismael Moreno, the judge in charge of the case,
to issue the order for the accused to declare. But while the
Government is moving like lightning to close the case for genocide in
Tibet – the reform could come into effect in as little as two months’
time – the court is proceeding at a snail’s pace.

link to the original story in Spanish: 

http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/01/31/planeta_futuro/1391190640_651687.html

Alternative BRICS Summit in Dharamsala

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Press Release: For Immediate Release

Alternative BRICS Summit in Dharamsala

Tibet Campaigners demand action from BRICS leaders as Xi Jinping attends first summit as China’s Head of State

Photos of the campaign can be viewed here:
Tibet at BRICS Summit 2013

25 March 2013

Press contacts:
Tashi Dolma, Tibetan Women’s Association: Tibetan, Hindi +91 9459553943
Dorjee Tseten, Students for a Free Tibet – India: English, Tibetan +91 9911 521 009

Dharamshala: As government leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa and China prepare to meet for the BRICS Summit in Durban, Tibetans demand action for Tibet as China’s new President Xi Jinping travels to Durban for his first summit as Head of State, and highlight Xi Jinping’s Tibet Challenge.

A two-day summit starting tomorrow will witness a historic meeting of Xi Jinping with government leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa in Durban, South Africa, while the self-immolations in occupied Tibet – now totaling at least 110 – show no sign of abating. “In the months since Xi Jinping was elevated to the top of the Chinese Communist Party, there has been an increase in China’s hardline response to dissent in Tibet, with a heightened military presence, mass detentions and a campaign to “criminalize” family members of self-immolation protesters.” said Tashi Dolma, President, Tibetan Women’s Association. “These actions and China’s anti-Dalai Lama propaganda are exacerbating tensions in Tibet. Through this campaign we will explain the nature of Xi Jinping’s “Tibet Challenge”, and call on BRICS leaders to act collectively and with principle, to press Xi to lift China’s crackdown and urgently review China’s policies in Tibet.”

“Tibet is Xi Jinping’s number one challenge and he has to address the legitimate grievances of Tibetans living in occupied Tibet and bring about an end to the tragic wave of self-immolations.” said Dorjee Tseten of Students for a Free Tibet India. “Recently Indian MP Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to raise the ongoing critical self-immolation issue inside Tibet with his counterpart Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit. This is also a challenge to other BRICS leaders not to shy away from this reality, and press President Xi to use his new position to find a just and lasting solution for Tibet.”

Tibetans and supporters from the BRICS nations have issued a joint statement urging their respective government to discuss the Tibet issue with Xi Jinping. We received news of another self-immolation yesterday by a 30 years old mother of four. Tibetans inside Tibet are continuing to resist against brutal security measures by Chinese police. “Tibet today is one of the most repressed and closed societies in the world, where merely talking on the phone can land you in jail. Support for the Dalai Lama can be prosecuted as an offence against the state,” Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee said.

We have also sent an open letter to the embassies of the BRICS nations in India including Indian PM office. In the letter we asked concerned government not to hide from the truth about China’s brutal repression of the Tibetan people. We appealed them all to urge President Xi to alleviate the situation by lifting the crackdown in Tibet and urgently review China’s policies in Tibet. We have also urged them to press Mr. Xi to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit all Tibetan areas as a matter of urgency.

Notes:
1. See Resistance in Tibet: Self-immolation and Protest, a timeline report which documents the current wave of self-immolations and protests across Tibet http://issuu.com/internationaltibetnetwork/docs/resistanceintibet_selfimmolationsandprotest

2. See reports from International Campaign for Tibet http://www.savetibet.org/media-center/ict-news-reports/distress-death-sentence-tibetan-accused-inciting-self-immolation
and
http://www.savetibet.org/media-center/ict-news-reports/thousands-tibetan-pilgrims-face-troops-religious-ceremonies-eastern-tibet

Today a Tibetan Women Self-immolated in Ngaba

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Today a Tibetan women Self-immolated in Ngaba.

31 years old Kalkyi(Kelsang Kyi) from Yultso village in Dzamthang county self-immolated today around 3:30 pm (Tibet time).

Kalkyi set herself on fire near Zamthang Jonang Monastery in Dzamthang township in Golok Pema, Ngaba in Amdo region, eastern Tibet (Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province in China). According to the sources, local Tibetans protected her body from Chinese authorities and taken to the monastery to say the prayers.

She is married to Drupe and has four children; a young daughter- Bhumo Chung and three sons-Denam, Pochung, Sopo, all are under fifteen. She is the 110th Tibetan and 16th Tibetan women from Tibet to set on fire to protest against China’s repressive policies. The common call of all the self-immolators is return of His Holiness the xivth Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibet.

This continuous increase of self-immolation cases clearly shows that Tibet has remained under lock down with a heavy military presence and Tibetans living under the constant threat of arbitrary detentions, disappearances, and the ruthless military control of Tibetan areas.

Self Immolations inside Tibet

 

Sl. no Name Age Sex From Date Occupation Status
1. Lobsang Tashi Aka Tapey 20 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa 27
Feb,09
Monk Hospitali zed
2. Phuntsok Jarutsang 20 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa 16 Mar,
2011
Monk Deceased
3. Tsewang Norbu 29 M Nyatso Monatery, Tawu 15 Aug,
2011
Monk Deceased
4. Lobsang Kelsang 18 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa 26 Sept,
2011
Monk Hospitali zed
5. Lobsang Kunchok 19 M Kirti Monastery, Ngaba 26 Sept, 2011 Monk Hospitali zed
6. Kelsang Wangchu k 17 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa 3 Oct,
2011
Monk Hospitali zed
7. Khayang 18 M Ngapa 7 Oct,
2011
Former Monk (Kirti Monastery) Deceased
8. Choephel 19 M Ngapa 7 Oct,
2011
Former Monk (Kirti Monaste ry) Deceased
9. Norbu Damdul 19 M Ngapa 15 Oct,
2011
Former Monk (Kirti Monaste ry) Deceased
10. Tenzin Wangmo 20 F Mamae Nunnery,Ngapa 17 Oct, 2011 Nun Deceased
11. Dawa Tsering 38 M Karze Monatery,Ka rdze 25 Oct,
2011
Monk Unknown
12. Palden Choetso 35 F Dakar Choeling Nunnery,Ta wu 3 Nov,
2011
Nun Deceased
13. Tenzin Phuntsog 46 M Karma Monastery,
Chamdo
1 Dec,
2011
Former Monk Deceased
14. Tennyi 20 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa 6 Jan,
2012
Monk Deceased
15. Lobsang Tsultrim 20 M Ngapa 6 Jan,
2012
Former Monk (Kirti-Monastery) Deceased
16. Sonam Wangyal Aka Lama Soepa 42 M Dungkyop Monastery, Darlag county,Golo g 8 Jan,
2012
Monk Deceased
17. Lobsang Jamyang 21 M Ngapa 14 Jan,
2012
Former Monk (Andu Monaste ry) Deceased
18. Rigzin Dorjee Aka Rig- Bai 19 M Ngapa 8 Feb,
2012
Former Monk (Kirti Monaste ry) Deceased
19. Sonam Rabyang 37 M Lab Monastery, Triwang Town, the capital of Tridu County 9 Feb,
2012
Monk Unknown
20. Tenzin Choedon 18 F Mame Dechen Chorkorling Nunnery, Ngapa 11 Feb,
2012
Nun Deceased
21. Lobsang Gyatso 19 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa 13 Feb,
2012
Monk Unknown
22. Damchoe Sangpo 38 M Bongthank Monastery, Themchen County 17 Feb,
2012
Monk Deceased
23. Nangdrol 18 M Dzamthang County, Ngapa 10 Feb,
2012
Lay- Person Deceased
24. Tsering Kyi 19 F Tibetan Middle School, Machu,Gans u 3 Mar,
2012
Student Deceased
25. Rinchen 32 F Ngapa 4 Mar,
2012
Mother Deceased
26. Dorjee 18 M Ngapa 5 Mar,
2012
Nomad Deceased
27. Gapey 18 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa 10 Mar,
2012
Monk Deceased
28. Jamyang Palden 34 M Rebkong Rongbo Monastery, Rebkong 14 Mar,
2012
Monk Unknown
29. Lobsang Tsultrim 20 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa 16 Mar,
2012
Monk Deceased
30. Sonam Dargye 44 M Ngapa 17 Mar,
2012
Farmer Deceased
31. Lobsang Sherab 20 M Gaden Tenpeling Monastery, Ngapa 28 Mar,
2012
Monk Deceased
32. Tenpa Darjey 22 M Tsodun Monastery, Ngapa 30 Mar,
2012
Monk Deceased
33. Chimey Palden 21 M Tsodun Monastery, Ngapa 30 Mar,
2012
Monk Deceased
34. Sonam 24 M Dzamthang, Ngapa 19 April,
2012
Farmer Deceased
35. Choepak Kyap 25 M Dzamthang, Ngapa 19 April,
2012
Farmer Deceased
36. Dorje Tseten 19 M Dzamthang, Ngapa 27 May,
2012
Lay- person Deceased
37. Dargye 25 M Ngapa 27 May,
2012
Former Monk (Kirti Monaste ry) Deceased
38. Rikyo 33 F Ngapa 30 May,
2012
Nomad Deceased
39. Tamding Thar Late 50s M Lowa Village,Chent sathang Twownship, Chentsa County 15 June,
2012
Farmer Deceased
40. Tenzin Khedup 24 M Tridu County, Yushul,TAP, Qingai province 20 June,
2012
Lay- person Deceased
41. Ngawang Norphel 22 M Ngapa 20 June,
2012
Lay- person Unknown
42. Dickyi Choezom 40s F Yushu 27
June,12
Mother Unknown
43. Tsewang Dorjee 22 M Damshung, Central Tibet, Lhasa Municipality 7 July,
2012
Lay- person Deceased
44. Lobsang Lozin 18 M Gedhen Tashi Choeling, an affiliate of Kirti monastery 17 July,
2012
Monk Deceased
45. Lobsang Tsultrim Ryiwa 21 M Ngapa 6 Aug,
2012
Monk Deceased
46. Dolkar Tso 20s F Kanlho, TAP, Gansu Province 7 Aug,
2012
layperso n Deceased
47. Choepa 24 M Ngapa 10 Aug,
2012
layperso n Deceased
48. Tashi 21 M Ngapa 13 Aug,
2012
layperso n Deceased
49. Lungtok 20 M Ngapa 13 Aug,
2012
Monk Unknown
50. Lobsang Kelsang 18 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa 27 Aug,
2012
Monk Deceased
51. Lobsang Damchoe 17 M Ngapa 27 Aug,
2012
Former Monk (Kirti Monastery) Deceased
52. Yangdan g 27 M Dzatoe County, Yulshul, Qinghai province 29 Sept,
2012
Layperso n Deceased
53. Gudrub 43 M Driru county 4 Oct,
2012
Writer Deceased
54. Sangay Gyatso 27 M Tsoe, Kanlho, TAP, Gansu province 6 Oct,
2012
Layperso n Deceased
55. Tamdin Dorje Earl y 50s M Tsoe, Kanlho, TAP, Gansu province 13 oct,
2012
Layperso n Deceased
56. Lhamo Kyab Late 20s M Sangchu County, Kanlho prefecture in Gansu province 20 Oct,
2012
Layperso n Deceased
57. Dhondup 60s M Kanlho, TAP in Gansu Province 22 Oct,
2012
Layperso n Deceased
58. Dorje Rinchen Late 50s M Labrang, Kanlho, TAP, Gansu Province 23 Oct,
2012
layperso n Deceased
59. Tenzin 25 M Bankar Monastery
,Nagchu
25 Oct,
2012
Monk Unknown
60. Tsepo 20 M Bankar Monastery,N agchu 25 Oct,
2012
Monk Deceased
61. Lhamo Tseten Mid 20s M Amchok township in Sangchu county, Kanlho, TAP, Gansu province 26 Oct,
2012
lay person Deceased
62. Tsewang Kyab / Thubwan g kyap (CTA) Earl y 20s M Setri village in Sangkok township in Sangchu county, Kanlho, TAP, Gansu province 26 Oct,
2012
layperso n Deceased
63. Dorjee Lhundup Mid 20s M Chuma village in Rebkong 4 Nov,
2012
Farmer and father Deceased
64. Tsegyal 27 M Bankar Village, Diru County, TAR 7 Nov, 2012 Unknow Deceased
65. Tamding Tso 23 F Rebkong, Qinghai province 7 Nov,
2012
Mother Deceased
66. Dorji Kyab 16 M Ngoshul monastery, Ngapa 7 Nov,
2012
Monk Hospitali zed
67. Samdrup 16 M Ngoshul monastery, Ngapa 7 Nov,
2012
Monk Hospitali zed
68. Dorji 15 M Ngoshul monastery, Ngapa 7 Nov,
2012
Monk Deceased
69. Kalsang Jinpa / Jinpa Gyatso 18 M Rongwo town of Rebkong 8 Nov,
2012
Nomad Deceased
70. Gonpo Tsering 19 M Tsoe, Kanlho 10 Nov,
2012
lay person Deceased
71. Nyinkar Tashi 24 M Dowa township in Rebkong 12 Nov,
2012
Lay person Deceased
72. Nyingchag Bum 20 M Dowa region, Rebkong 12 Nov, 2012 Lay person Deceased
73. Khabum Gyal 18 M Rongwo town, Rebkong 15 Nov,
2012
Layperso n Deceased
74. Tangzin Dolma 23 F Tsemo Region, Rebkong 15
Nov,12
layperso n Deceased
75. Changmo Kyi Unk bow n F Rebkong, Qinghai 17 Nov,
2012
Mother Deceased
76. Sangdang Tsering 24 M Rebkong 17 Nov,
2012
Layperso n, a father Deceased
77. Wangche n Norbu 25 M Kangtsa region, 19 Nov,
2012
layperso n Deceased
78. Tsering Dhondup 34 M Amchok region, Labrang 20 Nov,
2012
Farmer and nomad Deceased
79. Lubum Gyal/ Lubum Tsering (CTA) 18 M Rebkong 22 Nov,
2012
Layperso n Deceased
80. Tamdrin Dorjee 29 M Makor village in Dokarmo township, Tsekhog area of Rebkong 23 Nov,
2012
Layperso n Deceased
81. Tamdrin Kyab 23 M Luchu township,Ga nsu province 23 Nov,
2012
Former monk, a nomad Deceased
82. Sangya Dolma 17 F Tsekhog, Rebkong in Malho region of eastern Tibet 25 Nov,
2012
Nun Deceased
83. Wangyal Aro und 20 M Sertha, 26 Nov,
2012
Student Unknown
84. Kunchok Tsering 18 M Amchok region, Labrang 26 Nov,
2012
Layperso n, married Deceased
85. Gonpo Tsering 24 M Luchu region of Kanlho 26 Nov,
2012
Layperso n, father of three Children Deceased
86. Kalsang Kyab 24 M Kyantsa township, Dzoege County 27 Nov,
2012
Layperso n, a nomad Deceased
87. Sanggye Tashi 18 M Sang Khog, Labrang 27 Nov,
2012
layperso n Deceased
88. Bande Khar/Wa ngde Khar 21 M Tsoe region of Kanlho 28 Nov,
2012
Layperso n Deceased
89. Tsering Namgyal 31 M Luchu region of eastern Tibet 29 Nov,
2012
Layperso n, a father Deceased
90. Kunchok Kyab 29 M Dzoege, Ngaba 30 Nov,
2012
Lay person Deceased
91. Sungdue Kyab 17 M Bora, Labrang 2 Dec,
12
Layperso n, a father Unknown
, believe to be at Kanlho People’s hospital
92. Lobsang Gedun 29 M Penag Kadak Troedreling monastery, Golog 3 Dec,12 Monk Deceased
93. Pema Dorjee 23 M Luchu 8 Dec, 2012 farmer Deceased
94. Kunchok Pelgye 24 M Taktsang Lhamo monastery, Dzoege,Ngapa 8 Dec,
12
Monk Deceased
95. Wangche n Kyi 17 F Tsekhog county in Malho 9 Dec,
2012
Student, female Deceased
96. Passang Lhamo 62 F Yulshul, Kyegudo 13 Sept,
2012
Hospitali zed
97. Tashi Tsering 22 M Amchok 12 Jan,
2013
youth Deceased
98. Tsering Phuntsok
/ Drubchog
28 M Drachen village of Khyungchu Region of Ngapa 18 Jan,
2013
Father Deceased
99. Kunchok Kyap 26 M Bora, Sangchu county, Labrang 22 Jan,
2013
Father Deceased
100 Namlha Tsering 49 M Labrang 17 Feb,
2013
Unknown
101 Lobsang Namgyal 37 M Ngapa 3 Feb,
2013
Monk Decesed

146 Tashi Rabten In 30s M Machu, Gansu 8 Dec,2016 Unknown Deceased
147 Pema Gyaltsen Unknown M Nyarong 18 Mar,2017 Unknown Unclear
148 Wangchuk Tseten Unknown M Kardze, Kham 15 April,2016 Unknown Unknown (Believed
unlikey to
149 Chagdor Kyab 16 M Bora, Gansu 02 May,2017 Student Unknown
150 Jamyang Losel In 20s M Chentsa, Malho 19 May, 2017 Monk Decease
151 Tenga In 60s M Kardze 26,Nov 2017 Monk Deceased
152 Konpe Around 30 M Ngaba 23 Dec,2017 Unknown Deceased
153 Tsekho Tugchak In 40s M Ngaba 3 Mar,2018 Nomad Deceased
154 Dhorbo 23 M Ngaba 04 Nov, 2018 Unknown Deceased
155 Drugkho Unknown M Ngaba 8
th Dec, 2018 Unknown Unclear

 

 

102 Drugpa Khar 26 M Amchok town in Sangchu region of Kanlho 13 Feb,
2013
Father Unknown
/injured
103 Rinchen 17 M Kyantsa region of Zoege, eastern Tibet 19 Feb,
2013
Teenag-er Deceased
104 Sonam Dhargey 18 M Kyantsa region of Dzoege, eastern Tibet 19 Feb,
2013
Teenag-er
105 Phagmo Dhondup 20s M Tsaphuk town of Palung region, Tshoshar, eastern Tibet 24 Feb,
2013
Hospitali zed
106 Tsezung Kyab 27 M Luchu region of eastern Tibet 25 Feb,
2013
Deceased
107 Sangdag Unk now n M Dhiphu Monastery, Ngapa, eastern Tibet. 25 Feb,
2013
Monk Unknown
108 Lobsang Thokmey 28 M Kirti Monastery, Ngapa, Eastern Tibet 16
March, 2013
Monk Deceased
109 Kunchok Wangmo 30s F Dzoege region of Ngaba, eastern Tibet 13
March, 2013
Married woman- mother Deceased
110 Kalsang Kyi (Kalkyi) 31 F Dzamthang, Ngaba 24
March, 2013
Married women- mother Deceased
111 Lhamo Kyab 43 M Kanlho, Amdo 25
March, 2013
A forest guard Unknown
112 Kunchok Tenzin 28 M Mokri monastery, Luchu county,Gans u March 26, 2013 Monk Deceased
113 Unknown …. F Kyegudo Late March/e arly April, 2013 …… …….
114 Chugtso 20 F Dzamthang, Ngaba, Sichan April 16,
2013
Mother Deceased
115 Kunchok Woeser 23 M Taktsang Lhamo Kirti monastery, Dzorge county, Sichuan April 24,
2013
monk Deceased
116 Lobsang Dawa 20 M Taktsang Lhamo Kirti monastery, Dzorge county, Sichuan April 24,
2013
Monk Deceased
117 Tenzin Sherab 31 M Adril, Gyaring area of Yushul May 27,
2013
Nomad Deceased
118 Wangche n Dolma 30s F Tawu, Kham Karze June 11,
2013
Nun Deceased
119 Thuten Nyandak Rinpoche 45 M Kardze, Kham April 6,
2012
Monk, Lama Deceased
120 Atse 23 F Kardze, Kham April 6,
2012
Nun Deceased
121 Kunchok Tenzin / Kunchok Sonam 18 M Zoege Monastery, Amdo July 20,
2013
Monk Deceased
122 Shichung 41 M Gomang Thawa towship in Ngaba county Septemb er 28,
2013
Layman (a father) Deceased
123 Tsering Gyal 20 M Amdo Golok Novemb er 11,
2013
Monk Unknown
124 Kunchok Tseten 30 M Meruma township in Ngaba, Sichuan Decemb er 3,
2013
father Deceased
125 Tsultrim Gyatso 41 M Amchok town in Sangchu (Xiahe), Gansu Decemb er 19,
2013
Monk Deceased
126 Phagmo Samdup 27 M Dokarmo town in Tsekhong in Malho, Amdo February 6, 2014 Layman Deceased
127 Lobsang Dorji 25 M Ngaba county town February 13, 2014 Layman (Former Kirti monk) Unknown
128 Unknown …. M Tseknong , Malho March 16, 2014 Monk Unknown
129 Lobsang Palden 20 M Ngaba March 16, 2014 Monk Unknown
130 Dolma 31 F Bathang County, Kham March 29, 2014 Nun Unknown
131 Thinley Namgyal 32 M Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province April 15,
2014
Lay person Deceased
132 Kunchok 42 M Golog Sept 16,
2014
Layperso n Hospitali zed
133 Lhamo Tashi Earl y 20s M Tsoe city, Kanlho Sept 17,
2014
Student Deceased
134 Sangye Khar Unk now n M Amchok town in Sangchu (Xiahe) county, Gansu Dec 16,
2014
Layman Unknown
135 Tseypey 19/
20
F Meruma, Ngapa (Chinese Aba), Amdo Dec 22,
2014
Young woman Deceased
136 Kalsang Yeshi 20s/ 30s M Tawu, Kham Dec 23,
2014
monk Deceased
137 Norchok Late 40s F Ngaba, Amdo Mar 6,
2015
Mother Deceased
138 Yeshi Khando 47/
42
F Kham Karze April 8,
2015
Nun Deceased
139 Dhamkar
/Nekyab
45 M Gyadey village, Adue township, Ngaba April 16,
2015
Father Deceased
140 Tenzin Gyatso M Tawa May 20,
2015
Lay person Unknown
141 Sangye Tso 36 F Chone County 27/5/2015 Mother Deceased
142 Sonam Topgyal M Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture 9/7/2015 Monk Unknown
143 Tashi kyi 55 F Gansu Province 27/8/2015 Mother Deceased
144 Kelsang Wangdue 18 M Retsokha Aryaling Monastery 29/2/2016 Monk Deceased
145 Sonam Tso 50s F Amdo Ngaba 23/3/2016 Mother Deceased
146 Tashi Rabten In 30s M Machu, Gansu 8 Dec,2016 Unknown Deceased
147 Pema Gyaltsen Unknown M Nyarong 18 Mar,2017 Unknown Unclear
148 Wangchuk Tseten Unknown  M Kardze, Kham 15 April,2016 Unknown Unknown (Believed
unlikey to
149 Chagdor Kyab 16 M Bora, Gansu 02 May,2017 Student Unknown
150 Jamyang Losel In 20s M Chentsa, Malho 19 May, 2017 Monk Decease
151 Tenga In 60s M Kardze 26,Nov 2017 Monk  Deceased
152 Konpe Around 30 M Ngaba 23 Dec,2017 Unknown Deceased
153 Tsekho Tugchak In 40s M Ngaba 3 Mar 2018 Nomad Deceased
154 Dhorbo 23 M Ngaba 04 Nov, 2018 Unknown Deceased
155 Drugkho Unknown M Ngaba 8 Dec, 2018 Unknown Unclear
156 Yonten 24 M Ngaba November 26th 2019 Former Monk Deceased
The chart does not include all the self-immolation happened outside Tibet
Produced by: Central Tibetan Women’s Association
www.tibetanwomen.org
* 156 Tibetans are known to have self-immolated in the PRC since February 27, 2009. A Rinpoche and his niece died in a fire – according to information from the Tibetan government in exile and Woeser, this may have been self-immolation that was later erroneously described as a house fire.
* 127 men, 28 women* 122 of the 153 are known to have died following their protest
* 26 of the Tibetans who self-immolated were 18 or under
* 45 of the 156 are from Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province
* 13 of the 156 were monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba
* 12 of the 156 are former monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba (It is currently not known who of the nine chose to disrobe, or were expelled from the monastery by government authorities).

*Two of the 156 were nuns from Mame Dechen Chokorling nunnery in Ngaba
*156 of the self-immolations have occurred since March 16, 2011
* 10 self-immolations by Tibetans have occurred in exile.

Elderly Tibetan women mourns self-immolations in Tibet

TWA mourns the self immolation deaths of two female protesters this past weekend

Elderly Tibetan women mourns self-immolations in Tibet
March 5: Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolations in Tibet

Dharamsala, March 5: The Tibetan Women’s Association and its global network of regional chapters organized a candle light vigil this evening to mourn and express sublime solidarity with the deaths of two Tibetan women over the weekend: Rinchen (33), and Tsering Kyi (19), in Amdo, eastern Tibet. Yesterday- Richen, a widowed mother of 4 children from Ngaba, died after setting herself alight in front of a Chinese police surveillance station at the main gate of the Kirti monastery and calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom in Tibet. On Saturday, March 3, Tsering Kyi, a student from the Tibetan middle School in Machu, set herself ablaze at the vegetable market in Tro Kho Menma Shang village in Machu.

View the photographs of today’s candle light march in Dharamsala, India at the bottom of this post or on Flickr and Facebook.

Dolkar Kyab, a native of Machu and member of exile based Tibetan Parliament said that there is tightened security and communications blackout in Machu where every Tibetan household is being checked and the Tibetan middle school is under strict surveillance.

The subsequent incidences mark the first self-immolation by lay women in Tibet’s history. On October 17, 2011 nun Tenzin Wangmo (20) from Dechen Chokorling near Ngaba town called for religious freedom in Tibet and the return on the Dalai Lama as she set herself on fire and died outside of the nunnery. On November 3, 2011, in Tawu, Kardze, 35-year-old Palden Choetso of Gaden Choeling Nunnery died after she self-immolated and shouted “Tibetans will reunite soon” and “long life for His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” and called for basic human rights in Tibet. On February 11 of this year, a nun from Dechen Chokorling, Tenzin Choedron (18), died after setting light to herself near the nunnery while shouting slogans of protest against the Chinese government.

A Tibetan nun in exile mourning the deaths in Tibet
March 5: A Tibetan nun in exile mourning the deaths in Tibet

Since Tapey’s self immolation on February 27, 2009, 24 additional self-immolations have been carried out. TWA mourns the death of 18 martyrs who died in self-immolation protests and continues to express grave concern regarding the conditions of the 7 martyrs whose status either persists unknown or involves hospitalization and the denial of family visitation rights.

TWA remains grossly worried over the fact that since last year, Tibet has remained under lockdown with a heavy military presence. We fear for those living under the constant threat of arbitrary detentions, disappearances, and the ruthless military control of Tibetan areas.

The two self-immolations took place on the eve of the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) parliamentary meeting commencing today, where Tibetan unrest is expected to reach the debate table. TWA urges the Chinese government to address the genuine aspirations and demands of the 25 martyrs who burnt their bodies in the name of ‘freedom for Tibet’ and for the ‘return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet’.

TWA requests global intervention to save Tibetan lives: we ask world governments to apply multilateral pressure and take action against China to end the crackdown and allow free press inside Tibet. We call on the honorable Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to visit the troubled areas in Tibet and assess the situation with a fact-finding mission.

TWA sends a message to Tibetans and supporters to commemorate the upcoming 53rd anniversary of the National Tibetan Women’s Uprising on March 12 and partake in TWA global actions on the day, honoring female martyrdom and lending a voice to the growing female resistance in Tibet against Chinese oppression. TWA believes that the steadfast, undeterred presence of Tibetan women and their resilience in the face of oppression encourages this self-sustaining struggle to rise against injustices and a repressive regime.

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

Tibetans in exile mourn self-immolation deaths in Tibet

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