Self-immolation protests in Tibet

In the majority of cases Free Tibet has reported on each self-immolation protest in Tibet (see a full protest list with links to individual reports with more information). Where individual reports were not made, we have listed information on the protests below.


Phakmo Dhondup, 24 February 2013.  

This protest is reported to have taken place within the vicinity of the Jakyung Monastery, Amdo, at around 8pm. Very little else is known about the protest or the young man himself. His current whereabouts and well-being are also unknown.


Dhukpa Kyar, 13 February 2013. 

The Tibetan man, died after setting himself on fire on the third day of Tibetan Losar (New Year). He is survived by a wife and three children. It is believed that he passed away at the scene of his protest.


Jigji Kyab, 19 January 2013. 

17 year-old, Jigji Kyab from Shitsang township, died after carrying out a self immolation protest. He left a note for his family, calling on "Sons of the land of snow" to "rise up", and then consumed a poisonous substance. He collapsed and died in the street, carrying cans of gasoline and matches, before he was able to set himself alight.


Kunchoek Kyab, 30 November 2012. 

Kunchoek Kyab died after setting himself on fire in front of a patrol station around 10km away from Shagdom in the early hours of 30 November 2012. He was a husband and a father of two. Soon after his self-immolation protest, security forces arrived and extinguished the flames before driving him to a local hospital. Some Tibetan men who followed the vehicle which took him away haven't been seen since the incident. Locals believe they have been detained.


Lubum Gyal, 22 November 2012.

18-year-old, Lubum Gyal from Malho, Rebkong County, died after setting fire to himself at approximately 4:20pm on Thursday 22 November. He is survived by his father, Tsego. He died at the scene.


Wangchen Norbu, 19 November 2012.

The 25-year-old, died after, he set himself on fire near the Kangtsa Gaden Choephel Ling Monastery in Yadzi county. He reportedly called out for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile, release of the Panchen Lama and freedom for Tibet. It is believed he died at the site of his protest.


Gonpo Tsering, 10 November 2012.

The 19-year-old from Sangchu County, travelled to Shakdup Thubtenling Monastery for his protest. He called for freedom for Tibet, freedom of language and the return of the Dalai Lama as he set himself on fire. Monks from the monastery put out the flames on his body but it was too late. Gonpo Tsering died at the scene.


Tsegye, 7 November 2012.

27-year-old Tsegye, from Driru County, was the fifth person to carry out a self-immolation protest on 7 November. It occurred between 7-8pm. He was taken to a prison hospital after his protest. He survived for 11 days but died from his injuries on 18 November.


Gudrub, 4 October 2012.

Gudrub from Nagchu County, is believed to have set fire to himself in Nagchu town. He is reported to have died at the scene. This was one of a handful of self-immolation protests to have taken place inside what China refers to as the Tibet Autonomous Region.


Lobsang Tsultrim, 6 August 2012.

The 21-year-old monk set fire to himself on the main road in Ngaba. He was reported to be still alive, his upper body badly injured, when security personnel drove him away in a vehicle. He died soon after.


Sonam Rapyang, 9 February 2012.

30-year-old monk, Sonam Rapyang self-immolated in protest at the Chinese rule of Tibet and was taken into detention. No news of his condition emerged until February 2013, when reports confirmed that he had survived the self-immolation but had both of his legs amputated. Now home, he and his family face round-the-clock surveillance and are only allowed to make phone calls with permission from local authorities.


Sonam Wangyal, 8 January 2012.

Sonam Wangyal, a high-ranking lama from the Darlag Monastery is believed to have set himself on fire in the Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture on 8 January. Radio Free Asia says that he pasted posters around the town and shouted slogans calling for freedom in Tibet and in support of the Dalai Lama. It is claimed that he also urged Tibetans to be united and not to lose hope. Xinhua, the Chinese state media agency, confirmed that he died. The Tibetan Government-in-Exile has said that local people pressured the Chinese authorities to hand the man’s body over to them for a funeral. Xinhua corroborates this.


Dawa Tsering, 25 October 2011.

Dawa Tsering, self-immolated in Kandze Town near his monastery, Kandze Monastery, on 25 October. Dawa is said to have suffered serious burns but his well-being and whereabouts are unknown. He is believed to be in his 30s. Kandze Town is about 150km from Ngaba Town.


Kalsang Wangchuk, 3 October 2011.

Kalsang Wangchuk, a young monk believed to be 17 or 18 years old, from Kirti Monastery, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet, set himself on fire on 3 October near the vegetable market in Ngaba Town. He was reportedly holding a photograph of the Dalai Lama and shouted: "There are no religious rights and freedom in Tibet". The police put out the fire and took him away. His upper body is said to be very damaged. On that day Ngaba town was said to be under police and military control, nobody could enter or exit the town. His well-being and whereabouts are unknown.