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


    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

  2. Tibetan monk ‘dies in China after fire protest’


    AFP, August 16, 2012


    A monk named as Tashi and in his 20s, has died of his injuries a day after he and another monk set light to themselves (AFP, Strdel)

    BEIJING — A Tibetan monk who set himself on fire this week in a southwestern town that has become a flashpoint for protests against Chinese rule has died, an exile group said on Thursday.

    The man, named as Tashi and in his 20s, died of his injuries a day after he and another monk set light to themselves on Monday, according to the India-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.

    The other monk, named as Langtag, died on Monday after the protest in southwestern Sichaun province’s Aba county, which prompted clashes between residents and police.
    The two monks were from Aba’s Kirti monastery, which has been under extremely tight security since a monk self-immolated in March 2011, kicking off the recent wave of such protests.

    Since then nearly 50 ethnic Tibetans, many of them monks and nuns, have set themselves on fire to protest at what they say is religious repression.
    China has accused the Dalai Lama — who fled Tibet following a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959 and is vilified as a “separatist” by Communist authorities — of encouraging the protests.

    The Dalai Lama has himself condemned self-immolations, which many Buddhists believe are contrary to their faith, but blamed them on hardline Chinese rule of Tibetan-populated areas.

    Many Tibetans in China accuse the government of enacting religious repression and eroding their culture, as the country’s majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically Tibetan areas.

    But China rejects this, saying Tibetans enjoy religious freedom and pointing to huge ongoing investment, which it says has brought modernisation and a better standard of living.

    Kirti monastery and Barkham Hospital where Tashi died could not be reached for comment, while the Aba propaganda department declined to comment.

  3. Tibetan man ‘beaten to death during police clash’


    The Telegraph, August 14, 2012

    A Tibetan man was reportedly beaten to death during a clash with police in west China after two Tibetans set themselves on fire, in the worst flaring of violence in the region in months.


    Chinese police patrol the streets of the Tibetan capital Lhasa Photo: AP


    The violence occurred Monday in Sichuan province’s Aba prefecture, which has emerged as a centre of political activism and the site of dozens of self-immolations in the past few years. The area, home to the influential Kirti Monastery, has been flooded with security forces, but they have been unable to stop the immolation protests.

    Radio Free Asia said in an emailed statement that a Kirti monk named Lungtok and another man, identified only as Tashi, set themselves alight Monday evening. It cited a Tibetan in the Aba area who was not identified by name and other unidentified people inside Tibet.

    The report said a large number of police tried to clear the immolation site and ended up clashing with Tibetans. It said one man was beaten to death, but gave no other details. There was no way to independently confirm the report.

    A woman who answered the telephone at the Aba police department said there had been no immolations or confrontations between police and Tibetan locals. “Nothing like that has happened,” said the woman, who like many bureaucrats in China refused to give her name. The phone of the local Communist Party Propaganda Office rang unanswered.

    Radio Free Asia said the two men who self-immolated were taken to a hospital by Chinese security forces, but that their condition was unknown.

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