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Free Tibet press release


Free Tibet has received pictures (1) of the body of a young Tibetan who was shot dead when Chinese state security forces opened fire on Tibetans (2) in Barma Township, Eastern Tibet (3) in January. The picture we are releasing shows that Urgen sustained a head injury.


A young Tibetan nomadic woman set fire to herself this afternoon in front of Jonang Dzamthang monastery in Barma Township, Eastern Tibet (1).


Tibetan protests against Chinese occupation reached the capital city of Lhasa yesterday, 27 May 2012, when two Tibetans set themselves on fire in front of the iconic Jokhang Temple in the centre of the old city.


Free Tibet has received further information of the events in Lhasa yesterday 27 May and pictures of Dorjee Tseten (1), one of the two Tibetans who set themselves on fire in the Tibetan capital and who, according to Chinese state media, died.


Press release: 10 May 2012


9 May 2012

Video footage and the personal testimonies (1) of Tibetans who set themselves on fire in protest at the Chinese occupation of Tibet have been smuggled out of Tibet.

A handwritten note expresses the “wish for the nation of Tibet to be free from China.”


Two Tibetan lay-people in their 20s, Sonam and Choephak Kyap, set themselves on fire together today, at 14:20 local time, in front of Jonang Dzamthang monastery (1) in Barma Township, Dzamthang County, Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (2).


Free Tibet welcomes the call from 12 Nobel Laureates, including Archbishop Tutu and Lech Walesa, for China to hear the calls for freedom coming from the Tibetan people, and the Laureates’ recognition that under Chinese occupation the Tibetan people have no recourse to express their grievances (1)


Two young Tibetan monks, Tenpa Dargye, aged 22, Choemi Palten, aged 21 (1), set fire to themselves in Barkham Town, the capital of Barkham County, Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (2) at approximately 12:30 (local time) today, 30 March 2012.


A 20-year-old monk has become the latest Tibetan to set himself on fire and die.

At 7.10pm this evening (local time) a young monk named Sherab, self-immolated in Chara Township, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet (1). He died at the scene.


Shocking footage (1) received from Tibet on 19 March 2012, shared at great risk, shows Sonam Dargye in flames as he protests against Chinese rule on 17 March 2012.


Protests in Tibet continue to spread

The latest sizeable protests against Chinese rule in Tibet took place between 12 and 1pm (local time) yesterday (20 March 2012) in Bhora Township, Sangchu county, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (1).



Press release: 18 March 2012

Photographs emerge from Tibet
Paramilitary presence in Tibetan protest town
Portrait photograph of Tibetan farmer who self-immolated
Footage of thousands who attended his cremation and later protested in Rongwo


Largest protest in living memory in Rebkong after father sets himself on fire



A 20-year-old Tibetan monk, Lobsang Tsultrim, set fire to himself at 5pm (local time) in front of Kirti Monastery, Ngaba Town, Ngaba County, Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (1).


Footage (1), photographs (2) and update from today’s self-immolation and protests (3) in Tibet



Jamyang Palden, a monk in his 30s, self-immolated in Rongwo town, Rebkong county, Mahlo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (1), Qinghai at 10.30am (local time) this morning. He set himself on fire near Rongwo Monastery, the largest monastery in the county, and is believed to have survived.