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Tibetan admin refutes allegations of inciting self-immolation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, March 07, 2013
First Published: 18:51 IST(7/3/2013) | Last Updated: 18:52 IST(7/3/2013)

Refuting allegations levelled by China against spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and the exile Tibetan government of inciting self-immolations, citing blog post of a former exile parliamentarian, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on Thursday said the Chinese government was misinterpreting personal writings on fiery protests to lay blame on the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan administration.

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China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, on March 1 had reported that a “self-immolation guide” circulating on the Internet was “openly encouraging Tibetans within the Chinese border to carry out self-immolations according to the plan and procedures”.

The report had alleged that the author was a former two-time member of the Tibetan exiled parliament named Lhamo Kyab, now holding “an important position” in the education system of the Tibetan administration in Dharamsala.

According to Xinhua, the guide was “reliable evidence” of the involvement of Dharamsala officials in orchestrating more than 100 protests seen in China since 2011.

Xinhua in its report had claimed that the four-part guide advocates the idea that self-immolators are great and honourable fearless heroes and gives detailed instruction on the self-immolation preparation from choosing important days and “asking a couple of trustworthy people to help record videos and take photos.

Meanwhile, CTA in a press release issued here, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang for the department of information and international relation, CTA, said Kyab was a former member of the Tibetan parliament in exile, who now resides in France.

“China is misinterpreting personal writings of Kyab on self-immolation to lay blame on the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan administration,” said Chhoyang.

Clarifying that Kyab was neither a part of CTA nor private office of the Tibetan spiritual leader, Chhoyang said Kyab's blog reflects his personal opinion.

“Such writings were irresponsible and unnecessarily give excuses to the Chinese government to resort to the blame game and shirk its responsibility for the root causes leading to self-immolations,” said Chhoyang, adding that as life is precious, the Kashag has consistently discouraged self-immolations and any other forms of drastic actions.

She said CTA supports the aspirations of Tibetans inside Tibet for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.

“The onus for the problem in Tibet firmly lies with the Chinese government. The CTA welcomes Chinese authorities to visit its offices in Dharamsala for proof of their allegations,” she said.


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