Tibetan women selfimmolate

TWA mourns the death of a mother who died in self immolation protest in Tibet

Yesterday’s incident marks the 6th case of female self immolation inside Tibet

Tibetan women selfimmolateDharamsala, May 31, 2012: TWA grieves the death of Rikyo (aged 36), mother of three children who died after setting herself alight outside the Jonang Dzamthang monastery in the town of Barma, in Dzamthang in Amdo Ngaba on May 30.

This is the 6th case of self immolation of a Tibetan Women, and the 2nd case of a Tibetan mother. On March 04, 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 March 3 this year, 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. 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 her body on fire near the nunnery while shouting slogans of protest against the Chinese government.

Rikyo, a nomad by profession is survived by her husband and three children. TWA pays tribute to her sacrifice and deem her act as the ultimate form of non-violent protest.

Rikyo is the 38th Tibetan to self immolate inside Tibet since the first committed by Tapey in February 2009 and 25th since January 2012. All of them called for freedom inside Tibet and for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Of the 38, 27 succumbed to their injuries. TWA remain gravely concerned about the status of the 11 others whose status either persists unknown or involves hospitalization and the denial of family visitation rights.

In recent months both the geographical spread and scale of Tibetan unrest has grown, with self-immolations now encompassing the Tibetan areas of Sichuan and Qinghai and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Several protests have ended with Chinese police forces openly firing at demonstrators—the extrajudicial murder of innocent Tibetans.

In April this year, TWA launched a report titled ‘A Study of Tibetan Self Immolations: Its history, motive and reaction.’ The report provides a brief summary of the 34 self-immolations that took place between February 27, 2009 and March 30, 2012 and an overview of the international response to these acts of self-sacrifice. It also provides a perspective on the new heightened form of non-violent protests inside Tibet which continue to alarm the world. The digital version of the book is now available on https://tibetanwomen.org/books-reports/
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.

The subsequent self immolations this past week since March 27 comes few days ahead of the 23rdanniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen square massacre that killed thousands of democracy activists mostly students. The spate of self immolations inside Tibet and the growing dissent amongst the Chinese people indicate the failed policies of the repressive Chinese Communist Party. TWA urges the new Chinese leadership who is scheduled to take over early next year, to review the existing, hard-line policies of the Chinese government and pave way for the immediate restoration of peace and freedom inside Tibet through dialogue with the Tibetan leadership in exile.

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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