1. China is accused of misleading everyone about the self-immolations

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    Examiner, October 30, 2012

     

    A young Buddhist monk carries tea for elder monks during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, India. Credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

    The situation in Tibet has been becoming increasingly distressing with fears the rising wave of self-immolations by protesting Tibetans will continue for a long time. The Tibetans have accused China of misleading everyone about the self-immolations. YC. Dhardhowa has reported for The Tibet Post International on October 30, 2012: “China Misleads the World and Its Own People On Self-immolations.”

    The Tibetan Parliament in exile has said that the Chinese government must address the world and its own people about the causes of the increasing self-immolations by Tibetans in Tibet. The Tibetan Parliament released a statement on Monday stating: “The situation would aggravate if the Chinese leadership does not address the underlying causes of the current crisis.” Last week alone 7 Tibetans set themselves on fire in Tibet.

    A portrait of His Holiness The Dalai Lama is seen during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, India. Credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

    The Tibetan Parliament has also said, “the Chinese government’s pursuit of hardline policies against the Tibetans and levelling of baseless allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama will exacerbate resentments among the Tibetan people.” It has also been highlighted that the Chinese government has been trying to mislead the international community, especially its own people, by making baseless allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration over the problem in Tibet.

  2. 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

  3. Two Tibetan teenagers die in self-immolations

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    Mmegionline, August 29, 2012

    ABA: Two Tibetan teenagers have died after setting themselves on fire in Sichuan province, activists and United States’ media said.

    Lobsang Kalsang, an 18 year-old monk, and Damchoek, a 17 year-old former monk, set themselves on fire on Monday morning, London-based Free Tibet said. It happened outside the Kirti Monastery in Aba county, where many of the self-immolations have taken place.

    This brings the number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire since 2009 to 51, the group added. The BBC is unable to verify this figure. Foreign media are banned from the region, making reports hard to confirm.Chinese state media have confirmed some of the self-immolations but not all.

    “More than half of those who have set themselves on fire are believed to have died. The teenagers died on Monday evening after being taken to a hospital by Chinese authorities,” Free Tibet said. The young men were shouting slogans against Chinese rule and policies in Tibet as their bodies burned, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported, citing witnesses.

    “Witnesses saw them run about 20 steps with their bodies on fire, and then they fell to the ground,” two monks based in India told RFA. “Former monk Damchoek has been identified as the brother of Tenzin Choedon, a teenage nun who died after setting herself on fire earlier this year,” the reports said. Lobsang Kalsang’s roommate at the monastery was detained on Monday, both Free Tibet and RFA reported. “Aba county police said they had no information on the self-immolations,” an Associated Press report said.

    Kirti Monastery, which has been the focus of protests for more than a year, is surrounded by heavy security.China’s leaders blame the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans’ exiled spiritual leader, for inciting the self-immolations and encouraging separatism. He rejects this, and both activist groups and the Tibetan government-in-exile say the self-immolations are protests against tight Chinese control of the region and religious repression. (BBC)


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