Teenage protester died before he could set himself alight

5th February 2013

17-year-old Tibetan reportedly left a note calling for Tibetans to “rise up”

Reports have been confirmed that a teenage Tibetan was found dead in the street in January, having apparently planned to self-immolate.

The body of 17-year-old Jigjey Kyab was found in busy street in the Luchu region of eastern Tibet. He was carrying containers of flammable liquid and matches.


It is thought the teenager consumed a poisonous substance prior to his self-immolation protest to ensure he did not fall into the hands of the Chinese authorities alive.

It is feared that surviving self-immolators often suffer abuse and maltreatment at the hands of security forces.

All self-immolation survivors so far have been detained by the authorities and their whereabouts and conditions remain unknown.

Last note

An exile Tibetan media outlet has reported that Jigjey Kyab left a note at his bedside, calling for Tibetans to “rise up” and praying for happiness in his country.

Eight Tibetans under the age of eighteen are known to have undertaken self-immolation protests, and children are frequently involved in other protests against the Chinese regime.

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