Tibetans-in-exile in Dharamshala have urged leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) to stop Beijing's crackdown in the Himalayan region.
Members of the student body of the Tibetans-in-exile wore masks of the five BRICS countries leaders and discussed the issue of Tibet at a mock conference held in Dharamshala Monday.
"We have been asking the leaders of the BRICS countries, the rest of the four countries to raise the Tibetan issue, to raise the issue of self-immolation inside Tibet, which has now crossed 110, to the Chinese President, Xi Jinping and to press that they have to resolve the Tibet crisis and stop the military crackdown inside Tibet. So we have been urging the BRICS leaders with such kind of small skit," said Dorjee Tseten, director, student for a free Tibet.
Scores of Tibetan youth committed self-immolations against what they termed as rising atrocities by Chinese administration. Moreover, the surge in self-immolations in Tibet has heightened in recent months.
China has defended its iron-fisted rule in Tibet, saying the remote region suffered from dire poverty, brutal exploitation and economic stagnation until 1950, when Communist troops "peacefully liberated" it.
The Dalai Lama said last year he expected Communist Party chief Xi Jinping to embark upon political reform. But there has been no sign of an easing of control in Tibetan areas.
Beijing considers Nobel peace laureate the Dalai Lama, who fled from China in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, a violent separatist. The Dalai Lama says he is merely seeking greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.