Fatal self-immolation protest today in Tibet

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Tibetan man set himself alight at around 12 pm (local time) today in Dawu County, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Tibet (1).

32-year-old Tinley Namgyal is from Ganup Riyong village of Kangsar township in Dawu County. He set himself on fire nearby Khenap village, near Kangsar township.

Tinley Namgyal's body was initially taken to Gongthel monastery, 9-10 kilometres away from Khenap village, before being moved to his home in Ganup Riyong village where he is being kept now.

No further information about the protest and the situation in the area is available at present.

Tinley Namgyal is the youngest son of Dulo and Pal Lha, a semi-nomadic farming family.

Last July in Dawu County, Chinese forces opened fire on Tibetans celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday, causing severe injuries (2).

Free Tibet director Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren said:

“Tibetans continue to set themselves alight in Tibet because China continues to use force to deny them their basic human rights and their fundamental right to determine their own future as a nation. China has only this week postponed a much-trumpeted human rights dialogue with the UK (3). China may try to hold itself unaccountable for human rights abuses but those abuses lie behind every self-immolation. The protests and deaths of Tinley Namgyal and the other Tibetans who have taken this step are a reminder to the global community that China must be held accountable.”

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Notes for editors

(1) Location: Khenap village, Kangsar (Ch: Kongsi) Dawu (Ch: Daofu) County, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan province.

(2) Free Tibet press release 9 July 2013 http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/chinese-forces-open-fire-following-prayer-gathering-tibet and 17 July 2013 http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/tibetans-tortured-detention-following-shooting-dalai-lama-birthday-celebrations

(3) http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/14/uk-britain-china-rights-idUKBREA3D1AY20140414

Full list of confirmed self-immolation protests at http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/full-list-self-immolations-tibet.