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.

Abuse

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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