Sunday, 16 June 2013

Another shocking self-immolation (119)

Buddhists and their friends worldwide have been deeply saddened to have heard news of another in a long series of self-immolations in Tibet. The Central Tibetan administration reported on June 14, 2013, Tibetan Nun Self-Immolates Amid Strong Clampdown. A Tibetan nun set herself on fire in Tawu county in Karze (incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province) eastern Tibet on Tuesday (11 June), media reports and human rights organisations say.

The protesting nun set herself on fire outside of Nyatso monastery, where thousands of monks from many different monasteries have been taking part in an important religious gathering. The nun was then taken to a local hospital for treatment. There has since been a
heavy security clampdown by the Chinese police, and her whereabouts and well being
are not known at this time.

The Central Tibetan Administration has said it will be verifying the details of this tragic incident, and will provide updates on the situation as more details are made available.
This incident has now pushed the total number of self-immolations which have taken place inside Tibet to 119. The self-immolators have been calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans. There has been alarm worldwide among human rights activists regarding what may really be happening inside of Tibet which has been driving so many Tibetans to take their own lives in protest.

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