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Tibetans hope drop in self-immolations after China's leadership change

chandigarh Updated: Nov 10, 2012 17:47 IST
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Exiled Tibetans living in Dharamsala town of Himachal Pradesh have hoped for drop in self-immolations, following a change in China's leadership, since the repressive policies of the chinese government forced the Tibetans to sacrifice their lives.

Recently, three teenage monks and a Tibetan woman set themselves on fire to protest the new Chinese leadership.

Tsering Tsomo, director of Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), said that the Chinese government was insensitive towards the Tibetans.

She said: "First of all, you know, since 2008, there has been severe official crackdown on human rights and freedom of Tibetan people and restrictions on movement of Tibetans and the kind of repression that we have seen is quite unprecedented to say the least.

"After so many self-immolations happening, the response of the chinese government has been really violent. They have never cared to listen to what these Tibetans who are giving up their lives," she said, while speaking to a reporter on Saturday (November 10)."

Recently, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama had said that China's leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, will have no choice but to embark on political reforms to leave a lasting mark the way the current leadership has done with economic reforms.

Tsomo hoped that the new chinese leadership would work towards addressing the woes of the Tibetans and resolve their issue peacefully.

"We could only hope that the new chinese leadership will have the wisdom and the sensibility to listen to what the Tibetans have to say and to resolve this issue peacefully. That is our hope, but from the past experiences, it is difficult to have these kinds of expectations from a leadership, which is actually trapped in a system, which is very difficult to change, because of the unwillingness and from the leadership itself," she said.

The photographs provided by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) show a man self-immolating, which raises an alarm as the self-immolation cases are increasing.

Beijing has branded the Dalai Lama a separatist, and accused him of inciting protests against chinese rule in Tibet, including more than 60 self-immolations in and around the region since March 2011. Beijing denounces the self-immolations as acts by terrorists and criminals.

Indian-based rights groups said there had been a massive security clampdown in Tibet and Tibetan areas of China, and in some instances protesters were beaten even as they were ablaze.