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Full list of self-immolations in Tibet
Since March 2011, more than 20 people are known to have set themselves on fire in protest against the repressive Chinese occupation of Tibet.
Viewed in the context of other recent significant protests, the self-immolations underline that the current crisis in Tibet represents a fundamental rejection of China’s occupation.
Rinchen, Ngaba Town, 4 March, died
The mother of four, self-immolated in Ngaba Town, in front of the police station which has been established by the main gate into Kirti Monastery. She died at the scene. While in flames Rinchen called out: “Tibet needs Freedom and Gyalwa Rinpochen (the Dalai Lama) needs to return to Tibet.”
Tsering Kyi, Nyima Town, 3 March 2012, died
The 20-year-old, set fire to herself and died at a vegetable market in Machu county in eastern Tibet. Just days before she commented: “In Ngaba and other areas of Tibet, Tibetans are burning themselves. We should do something for Tibet – life is meaningless if we don’t do something for Tibet.”
Nangdrol, Barma Township, 19 February 2012, died
The 18-year-old set himself on fire near the Jonang Dzamthang Monastery. The monks removed his body to the monastery. Barma Township had been the site of an incident where Chinese forces shot dead another young man, just weeks before.
The monk was a teacher at the Bongthak Monastery and a member of the Democratic Management Committee of the monastery. He died after self-immolating.
Lobsang Gyatso, Ngaba, 13 February 2012
The 19-year-old monk from Kirti Monastery set fire to himself in Ngaba Town. He reportedly survived but he was forcibly removed by Chinese forces and his current whereabouts and well-being is unknown. Two young men and a monk were believed to have been beaten at the scene.
Tenzin Choedon, Ngaba, 11 February 2012, died
The 18-year-old nun set fire to herself outside her nunnery, Dechen Chokorling Nunnery, in Ngaba. She later died.
Tenzin was calling out slogans of protest against the Chinese government when she self-immolated.
Sonam Rapyang, La County, 9 February 2012
A monk from the La Monastery, in his thirties, set himself on fire. He is said to be alive, but in serious condition. He was taken by security personnel from the site of the self-immolation.
Rigzin Dorjee, Ngaba, 8 February 2012, died
A 19-year old former Kirit monk set themselves on fire according to local secondary sources. He died of his injuries on 21 February. An eyewitness has reported that two monks were detained at the site.
Lobsang Jamyang, Ngaba, 14 January 2012, died
This high-ranking lama from the Darlag Monastery is believed to have set himself on fire in the Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture on 8 January. Xinhua, the Chinese state media agency, confirmed that he died.
Radio Free Asia says that he pasted posters around the town and shouted slogans calling for freedom in Tibet and in support of the Dalai Lama. It is claimed that he also urged Tibetans to be united and not to lose hope.
The Tibetan Government-in-Exile has said that local people pressured the Chinese authorities to hand the man’s body over to them for a funeral. Xinhua corroborates this.
Pawo Ten-nyi and Pawo Tsultrim, Ngaba, 6 January 2012, both died
The two men, both of whom were 20-years-old, set themselves on fire in Ngaba town on 6 January. An eye-witness account reports that Pawo Tsultrim, thought to be a lay person, set himself on fire near Kirti Monastery in Ngaba Town at around 2.50pm (local time). He is believed to have died the following night.
Pawo Ten-nyi set himself on fire nearby at the same time. He is reported to have died at the scene.
Tenzin Phuntsog, Chamdo, 1 December 2011, died
Tenzin Phuntsog, a former monk in his forties, set fire to himself in Karma Township in Chamdo, on 1 December 2011, according to sources, including Radio Free Asia. It was reported on 8 December that he died from his injuries.
This is the first self-immolation known to have taken place in the Tibet Autonomous Region; Chamdo is nearly 500 kilometres west of Ngaba where many of the previous self-immolations have taken place.
Tenzin Phuntsog is believed to have formerly been a monk at Karma Monastery in Chamdo. The monastery is reported to have been under severe restrictions following reports of bomb going off in a municipal building in Karma Township on 27 October 2011.
Palden Choetso, Tawu, 3 November 2011, died
Palden Choetso, 35, died after setting herself on fire on the Chume Bridge in the centre of Tawu. She set fire to herself at the same place as the monk Tsewang Norbu (see below). Palden Choetso is the second woman to set fire to herself. She had been a nun for 15 years and was heard to call out „long live the Dalai Lama” and „let the Dalai Lama” return to Tibet.
Dawa Tsering, Kandze Town, 25 October 2011
Dawa Tsering self-immolated in Kandze Town near his monastery, Kandze Monastery, on 25 October. Dawa is said to have suffered serious burns but his well-being and whereabouts are unknown. He is believed to be in his 30s. Kandze Town is about 150km from Ngaba Town.
Tenzin Wangmo, Ngaba, 17 October 2011, died
Tenzin Wangmo, a 20-year-old nun, set herself on fire around 1pm outside Dechen Chokorling nunnery (also known as Mame nunnery), three kilometres from Ngaba Town. She died at the scene.
Tenzin called for religious freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama. She walked about for up to eight minutes before she collapsed and died. She reportedly said to fellow nuns that morning that she „will have to do something of great importance”.
Norbu Dathul, Ngaba, 15 October 2011, died
Norbu Dathul, 19, a former monk from Kirti monastery, set himself alight at the central market in Ngaba Town at around 11.50am local time on 15 October. It is reported that he died on 5 January 2012.
Norbu was seen running in flames and shouting for freedom for Tibet and for the return of the Dalai Lama. Police put out the flames and he was driven away in a police car. There are reports that the police beat him while they were trying to put out the flames.
Norbu became a monk at Kirti Monastery at an early age but he disrobed in June 2010.
Choepel and Khayang, Ngaba, 7 October 2011, both died
Choepel, 19, and Khayang, 18, set themselves on fire on 7 October in Ngaba Town. Khayang died the next day. Choepel is reported to have died on 11 October.
Choepel was expelled from Kirti Monastery following Phuntsog’s self-immolation (see below). Khayang also used to be a monk. His uncle Tashi was killed by security forces in Ngaba on 16 March 2008 at the age of 27. They are both from Thawa Kongma village in Ngaba county.
Kalsang Wangchuk, Ngaba, 3 October 2011
Kalsang Wangchuk, a young monk believed to be 17 or 18 years old, from Kirti Monastery, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet, set himself on fire on 3 October near the vegetable market in Ngaba Town.
He was reportedly holding a photograph of the Dalai Lama and shouted: „There are no religious rights and freedom in Tibet”. The police put out the fire and took him away. His upper body is said to be very damaged. On that day Ngaba town was said to be under police and military control, nobody could enter or exit the town.
His well-being and whereabouts are unknown.
Lobsang Kalsang and Lobsang Konchok, Ngaba, 26 September 2011
Two young monks, Lobsang Kalsang and Lobsang Konchok, aged between 18 and 19 years old, also from Kirti monastery, set fire to themselves on 26 September. Lobsang Kalsang is the brother of Phuntsog (see below). The monks waved the banned Tibetan flag and called for religious freedom and “Long live the Dalai Lama” before they self-immolated. Their well-being and whereabouts are unknown.
Tsewang Norbu, Tawu, 15 August 2011, died
A 29-year-old monk, Tsewang Norbu, also known as Norko, set himself on fire in the centre of Tawu. He is from Nyitso Monastery where the monastic community had been intimidated by local authorities.
Tsewang Norbu drank petrol, sprayed himself with petrol and then set himself on fire. He was heard calling out: “We Tibetan people want freedom”, “Long live the Dalai Lama” and “Let the Dalai Lama Return to Tibet”. He died at the scene.
Phuntsog, Ngaba, 16 March 2011, died
Phuntsog, 21, from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, set himself on fire on the third anniversary of demonstrations in Ngaba Town in 2008 when armed police shot dead at least 13 protestors. Phuntsog was heard calling for the return of the Dalai Lama. He died in hospital. Six monks, including Phuntsog’s brother and uncle, have been sentenced in connection with Phuntsog’s act, including “plotting and assisting” in the self-immolation and for delaying hospital treatment for Phuntsog. Phuntsog’s best friend Darjee, who is only 16 years old, has been sentenced to three years re-education through labour, which the UN regards as a „systematic form of inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, if not torture”.
Tabe, another monk from Kirti monastery, set himself on fire in February 2009. He is believed still to be in detention and his whereabouts remain unknown. Tabe’s parents are reportedly able to visit him at the invitation of authorities for very limited periods. Tabe has recently been used for propaganda purposes by the Chinese authorities. In July this year he was interviewed on a local TV channel where he said he regretted what he did. It is not possible to confirm if Tabe gave the interview under duress.