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Two more Tibetans self-immolate

world Updated: Mar 31, 2012 11:49 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
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Two Tibetan monks self-immolated in the remote Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) of China on Friday, a rights group said late on Friday.

This incident comes within days of a Tibetan activist self-immolating in New Delhi as a mark of protest around the visit of Chinese President, Hu Jintao, to India.

The toll of Tibetans, monks and civilians, who have set themselves on fire has crossed the 30-mar; many have died from the injuries.

“Free Tibet cannot confirm the wellbeing and whereabouts of the two monks at this time,’’ the London-based organisation said.

Rarely does the Chinese government confirm incidents involving suicide attempts made by Tibetans claiming freedom from the government.

“Free Tibet,” according to their email correspondence, “…is an international campaigning organisation that stands for the right of Tibetans to determine their own future. We campaign for an end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and for the fundamental human rights of Tibetans to be respected.”

Talking about the two Tibetan monks, the organisation said: “Choemi has been politically active in the past; he was detained in Lhasa in 2010 for carrying a picture of the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan flag and having a Tibetan song, “Sound of Unity”, on his mobile, all of which are illegal under Chinese rule. Both monks have studied at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) where many of monks who have self-immolated over the past year came from (3).”

The Chinese government says the self-immolations in the TAR and elsewhere are instigated by the Dalai Lama, who is based out of Dharamshala.

Security has been tightened around all the four regions in China where ethnic Tibetans live. The government says separatist elements want to compromise China’s territorial integrity. The TAR, it says is on the path of unprecedented development.