Student dies after setting himself alight

21st September 2014

First self-immolation in Tibet since April

On 17 September, Tibetan student Lhamo Tashi set himself alight and died in Tsoe City in eastern Tibet. Lhamo Tashi staged his self-immolation protest around 12.30pm local time outside a police office. The police took his body and informed the family. Despite their request to have his body returned, it was cremated by the authorities and his ashes given to them on 19 September. Lhamo Tashi was 22 and studying in the city. He was from Drukdo village, Pora township, Sangchu County, Kanlho TAP.

Protest in Tibet

Lhamo Tashi is the first Tibetan to self-immolate since Tinley Namgyal on 15 April this year and his protest is the seventh self-immolation in 2014. A total of 130 confirmed self-immolations have taken place inside Tibet, with a further two deaths by fire thought to be as a result of self-immolation. In December 2013, monk Tsultrim Gyatso died in a similar protest in Sangchu county. More than 80 Tibetans self-immolated inside Tibet in 2012 and numbers have decreased in 2013 and 2014. Other forms of protest continue, including large-scale demonstrations, frequently met with a violent response by the authorities. In August, five Tibetan protesters died in custody after being shot by security forces at a peaceful protest in Kardze, eastern Tibet. They were denied medical treatment.

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