1. China policy on Tibetan freedom of religion may face change as self-immolations continue

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    As tensions between Chinese government security forces and Tibetans in the region rise, Tibetan monks protest in Dolma Square in the Rongwo monastery in Renbkong Amdo (Chinese: Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Tongren County, Qinghai) following a self-immolation attempt by 36-year-old monk Jamyang Palden in March 2012. Since this time self-immolations have continued throughout the Tibetan autonomous region. Some of the deaths have been blamed by the Chinese government on “psychological instability and personal troubles” says Chinese officials. Image: VOAvideo

    By Carla Friedman, Women News Network
    August 31, 2012

    (WNN) Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: A Tibetan woman has died after drinking acid and performing self-immolation in the Tibetan region of the western Chinese province of Gansu after she was accused of embezzlement at the bank where she worked, a source close to the family said.

    Jamyang Metok, 25, died on Saturday after drinking sulfuric acid and setting herself on fire at the front entrance of the ICBC – Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Kanlho (in Chinese known as the Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, said sources close to the family.

    Despite increases in self-immolations in the region, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, has been reluctant to respond to queries regarding the rising tide of self-immolations in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. In lieu of the delicate political ramifications on the issue, the Dalai Lama has chosen to remain visibly neutral, but he has acknowledged the suffering of Tibetans under the system as it exists today. He has also formally relinquished his political duties to the elected Tibetan leadership in exile.

    “I will not give encouragement to these acts, these drastic actions, but it is understandable and indeed very, very sad,” said the Dalai Lama in a recent interview with Reuters news. “Now the Chinese government, they should investigate what are the real causes. They can easily blame me or some Tibetans but that won’t help solve the problem,” added the Dalai Lama. Continue reading


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