A 23 Yr old Young boy Dhorbo Self immolated in Tibet

TWA is saddened by the news of yet another Self immolation in Tibet against the restrictive policies of Chinese government. On 4th November, 2018,Mr. Dhorbo, 23 year old from Jakorma village in the Choejema area of Ngawa province became the 154th Martyr who has self immolated inside Tibet shouting slogans for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his return to Tibet.

His father is Mr.Chopa, and his mother, Trinle Kyi, passed away a few years ago and  had been living at the house of his uncle Jampal Drakpa.

There had been  no details of whether the corpse was taken by the Chinese authorities, or the situation of the relatives. This is the 41st confirmed self-immolation protest in Ngawa province so far.We pray for his soul to rest in peace and may his sacrifice for the Tibet cause will bring him an auspicious rebirth.

Today we the Central Tibetan Women’s Association has gone around some of the public places in Delhi to spread the pamphlet of the Global Significance of Tibetan Rivers.

ད་རིང་ཟླ་༡༢ ཚེས་༡༠ ཉིན་རྒྱབ་བོད་ཀྱི་བུད་མེད་ལྷན་ཚོགས་ནས་ལྡི་ལི་རུ་མི་མང་སར་གར་ཡོད་དུ་བོད་ཀྱི་ཁོར་ཡུག་དང་གཙང་པོ་ཁག་རྒྱ་ནག་གུང་ཁྲན་ཏང་གི་སྲིད་ཇུས་ངན་པ་དེ་བོད་ནང་དང་གཤམ་འོག་གི་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་མ་ཚད་འཛམ་གླིང་སྤྱི་ཡོངས་ལ་ཉན་ཆེ་ཡོང་རྒྱུའི་གོ་རྟོགས་ཀྱིས་ཡིག་ཆ་རྒྱ་གང་ཆེ་བཀྲམས་ཡོད།
Today we the Central Tibetan Women’s Association has gone around some of the public places in Delhi to spread the pamphlet of the Global Significance of Tibetan Rivers.

Self Immolation

  • 150 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet and China 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 a self-immolation that was later erroneously described as a house fire.
  • 122 men, 28 women
  • 119 of the 150 are known to have died following their protest
  • 26 of the Tibetans who self-immolated were 18 or under
  • 13 of the 150 were monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba
  • 11 of the 150 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 150 were nuns from Mame Dechen Chokorling nunnery in Ngaba
  • 149 of the self-immolations have occurred since March 16, 2011



  • 10 self-immolations by Tibetans have occurred in exile.



S.No. Name Age Sex From Date Occupation Status
146 Tashi Rabten In 30s M Machu, Gansu 8th December, 2016 Unknown Deceased
147 Pema Gyaltsen Unknown M Nyarong 18th March, 2017 Unknown Unclear
148 Wangchuk Tseten Unknown M Kardze, Kham 15th April, 2017 Unknown Unknown (Believed unlikey to have survived)


Chagdor Kyab

16 M Bora, Gansu 2nd May, 2017 Student Unknown


Jamyang Losel

In 20s M Chentsa, Malho 19th May, 2017 Monk Deceased

Monk Losang Sangye from Kirti Monastery, was released after serving 4yrs of imprisonment in Mianyang prison, Chengdu.

A Tibetan monk has been released in frail conditions after more than four years in detention, reportedly due to torture in prison. The monk from the Kirti monastery in Ngaba has been accused of multiple activities that opposed China’s rule in Tibet.

Lobsang Sangye was released from the notorious Mianyang prison in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on Nov. 12 in poor health, according to Radio Free Asia. An unnamed source cited by the RFA mentioned, “His relatives were informed of the release, but when his brother and other relatives went to receive him, they were not allowed to accompany him home. Instead, Chinese security personnel returned him next day to his home in Ngaba’s Choejema village.”

Sangye was detained in August 2012 for allegedly selling photos and short videos of the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama and also for involvement in a self immolation case of two Tibetans from Ngaba town. He had been detained a few times prior to 2012.

Rights groups argue that Chinese authorities have increasingly resorted to releasing prisoners who are in poor health and in danger of dying to avoid death in detention scenarios, which is regularly witnessed in Chinese prisons in occupied Tibet.

The case of Late Tulku Tenzin Delek highlighted the death in detention issue on the international stage. The philanthropist monk and community leader died in the same prison near the provincial capital of Sichuan.