22-year-old student self-immolates in Tibet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2014 20:38 IST

A Central Tibetan Official (CTA) has reported yet another self immolation in Tibet's Tsoe area.

CTA officials said Lhamo Tashi, 22, died after setting himself on fire outside a police station in Tsoe area in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (incorporated into China's Gansu province) on September 17 to protest against the Chinese repressive rule over Tibet.

“Despite the repeated requests of the deceased family to have his body returned, it was cremated by the authorities and his ashes given to them on September 19,” said the official quoting from a statement of London-based human rights group Free Tibet.

Meanwhile, the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, which is currently in session, has passed a unanimous resolution to express condolence and solidarity with the deceased and his family members.

“We are deeply saddened to learn about the death of Lhamo Tashi following his self-immolation protest against the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet. We mourn and express solidarity with his family members,” exile Parliament Speaker Penpa Tsering said.

He said the incident had pushed the total number of self-immolation to 131, of which 113 died.
“The self-immolators have demanded freedom for Tibetans and the return of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to Tibet,” he said.

CTA has repeatedly urged the Chinese government to end its political repression, religious persecution, cultural assimilation, economic marginalisation and environmental destruction in Tibet to address the issue of Tibet. It has consistently appealed to Tibetans to not to resort to drastic actions including self-immolation.

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