A Tibetan dies after setting self on fire in Tibet
Novembre 4th, 2012 by admin

thibt burnsA Tibetan dies after setting self on fire in Tibet

The Central Tibetan Administration is deeply saddened to learn of fresh reports coming out of Tibet that one more Tibetan has set self on fire, bringing the total known self-immolations to 63. Dorjee Lhundup, a 24-year old artist, set himself on fire in Rebgong (Ch: Tongren) in north-eastern Tibet around 10:00 am (local time) on Sunday. He shouted slogans calling for freedom for Tibetans and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet. He died on the spot. Local Tibetans, including monks, carried his body to Rongwo monastery where they prayed for him. Later in the afternoon, thousands of local Tibetans gathered for his funeral at a crematorium near the monastery. A photo shows a large number of monks and lay people gather around the man’s burned body wrapped in Tibetan traditional scarves in front of a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dorjee Lhundup, a Thangka (religious scroll) painter,  is survived by his wife Yakmo Tso, and two children, son Kunsang Dorjee, 4, daughter Tengzin Dolma, 2.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday urged Chinese authorities to “promptly address the longstanding grievances that have led to an alarming escalation in desperate forms of protest, including self-immolations, in Tibetan areas.”

We strongly call on the Chinese government to heed the urgent calls from the UN Human Rights Council to find a lasting solution to the Tibet problem,” said Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of the Department of Information & International Relations. Earlier this year, Jamyang Palden, a 34-year old monk of Rongwo Monastery, and Sonam Dhargyal, 44, died after setting themselves on fire in Rebgong on 14 March and 17 March respectively. All self-immolators called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.

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