Intercontinental news articles


7 May 2013, immediate use

Free Tibet statement on David Cameron and Tibet

Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, director of Free Tibet, said:


Free Tibet announces the appointment of Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren as Director


Kunchok Woser and Lobsang Dawa set themselves alight in eastern Tibet at around 6.30pm (local time) today, 24 April (1). Both were monks at Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery in Dzoge county. They set themselves on fire inside the monastery in front of the prayer hall.


Jugtso set herself alight outside a monastery in Ngaba, eastern Tibet (1) around 3pm local time today, 16 April. Local witnesses confirmed that she died at the scene. Her body was taken into the monastery where religious ceremonies were conducted.


Unemployed Tibetan graduates in eastern Tibet have risked detention, beating and imprisonment to stage a public protest over their failure to find jobs.


43-year-old Lhamo Kyab self-immolated in the early morning of Monday March 25 in Sangchu County, eastern Tibet (1).

He was an unmarried forest guard from the local area.


Kunchoek Wangmo, age 30, set herself alight on the main street of Dzoge County town, eastern Tibet on 13 March and was taken away by Chinese security forces (1). Her husband, Dolma Kyab, 31, was later given ashes and told she had died and been cremated by the authorities.


Exactly five years after Chinese security forces killed 13 protestors by firing into an unarmed crowd in Ngaba, eastern Tibet, Lobsang Thokmey, 28, set himself alight at the gates of the town’s Kirti monastery (1) yesterday afternoon, 16 March.


“An intense and shocking wave of protests within Tibet accompanied the appointment of Xi Jinping to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party in November.


In the third reported self-immolation in Tibet within two days, Sandhag (age unconfirmed) set himself alight in the main street of Ngaba, eastern Tibet, yesterday 25 February around 10am local time (1). Security forces put out the flames and took him to the local hospital.


A 27-year-old man has become the latest to die while protesting against China’s occupation of Tibet.


Rinchen, 17 (photo available, 1), and Sonam Dhargye, 18, set themselves alight in Ngaba, eastern Tibet (2) yesterday 19 February at around 9.30pm local time. Both teenagers died at the scene and their bodies were taken by their families.


49-year-old Namlha Tsering set himself alight opposite the county cinema hall in Sangchu County, eastern Tibet (1) at 6pm local time, today, 17 February. Eyewitnesses report that he was severely burned and was taken away by security forces who subsequently stated that he had died.


Free Tibet statement on arrests reported in Tibet connected to self-immolation protests:


A dispute between local people and the authorities over the funeral of a man who set himself alight on 22 January has led to an “extremely tense” situation in Bhora township, Eastern Tibet.


Press release 19 January 2013

Tibet’s second self-immolation of 2013 shows repressive measures are not deterring protests


The first confirmed Tibetan self-immolation protest of 2013 took place at 1pm today (local time) in Achok Township, Sangchu County, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (1). Tsebe (2), a layman from a nearby village, is thought to have died at the scene.


Wanchen Kyi self-immolated in Dokar Mo Township, Malho County, east Tibet around 8pm on the evening of 9 December (1).