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Former Kirti monk dies after self-immolation, monastery staff questioned

Tashi, aged around 21, who was a monk at Kirti Monastery died of burn injuries a day after he staged self-immolation protest on 13 August 2012 in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County, Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

Speaking to Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, an exile source with contacts in Ngaba said that it is not immediately known whether his body was handed over to his family.

“Soon after his self-immolation, People's Armed Police including special armed police took Tashi to a hospital in Ngaba from where he was transferred to Barkham where he passed away,” the source said.

On 14 August, Tibetan shops and restaurants in Ngaba area remained closed to mourn the passing away of Tashi and Lungtok, both of whom died after their joint self-immolation protests. Local Tibetans made offerings, performed prayers and observed rituals for the departed souls.

Following the twin self-immolations, the chief disciplinarian and staff of Monastery Management Committee of Kirti Monastery were called for several meetings at the County government office.

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Olympics: 1st Tibetan Olympian wins medal for China

On any other day and in any other situation, the Tibetan exiles who gathered excitedly in groups next to Buckingham Palace would never have come to cheer for an athlete wearing the colors of China, a country they regard as their oppressor, a country that invaded and has governed their Himalayan homeland with an iron fist for six decades.

But this was exceptional. Because, apparently for the first time at an Olympics, the athlete was one of them, a Tibetan.

Standing apart but, just this once, both wanting the same thing, groups of Chinese supporters shouted 'Jia You!' while the Tibetans yelled 'Gyuk!' - both meaning, 'Go on!'

The Chinese waved their red flags. The Tibetans waved the flag of Tibet that is banned in China, with a bright yellow sun rising over a snow-clad mountain. They could hear and see each other, but they studiously ignored each other, too.

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Mother of two dies of self-immolation protest, cremation on Sunday

A Tibetan mother of two who died soon after she staged a self-immolation protest on 7 August near Tsoe Monastery in Tsoe (Chinese: Hezuo) city of Kanlho (Chinese: Gannan) Prefecture, Gansu Province will be cremated on 12 August, a reliable source informed TCHRD today.

“Dolker Tso, 27, set herself on fire as she shouted slogans for ‘the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet,’ ‘Tibet's freedom’ and ‘Long life of the Dalai Lama,’” said the source, quoting local Tibetans and monks who witnessed the self-immolation.

The source, who is a close family friend of Dolker Tso, asked not to be named for fear of retribution.

A day after the self-immolation, some reporters sent by the Chinese authorities visited Dolker Tso’ home in Tasur village in Nawu township and tried to take pictures of her burnt body but were stopped by the family and local Tibetans who had gathered there to offer prayers, said the source.

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Vigil held in London to show solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet and to mark the first year in office of the 14th Kashag

Solidarity Vigil opposite the Chinese Embassy, London, 8 August 2012

 LONDON: Tibetans and supporters gathered opposite the Chinese Embassy in London yesterday to show solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet and to mark the first anniversary of the 14th Kashag led by Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay. The vigil was organised by the Tibetan Community in Britain.

Mr Thubten Samdup, the London based Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, addressing the gathering urged Tibetans to reflect on the urgency of the situation inside Tibet and to consider what each individual could contribute towards the Tibetan cause. He also thanked the Tibet supporters for attending the vigil and requested them to continue to support the Tibetan people in their struggle. Mr Samdup also drew the audience’s attention to the message from the Kalon Tripa marking the first year in office of the 14th Kashag which had been circulated earlier in the day by the Office of Tibet, London.

The gathering was also addressed by Mr Pempa Lobsang, the Chairman of the Tibetan Community in Britian. Mr Lobsang reminded all the Tibetans present to consider any suggestions that they had for the Second Special General Meeting of Tibetans being held in Dharamsala next month to discuss ways and means to deal with the urgent and critical situation inside Tibet, and to present them at the community meeting being held in London this Friday.

The speeches were followed by mass prayers led by monks from the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the singing of the Tibetan National Anthem.


MOSCOW: In Moscow observing the triple events: to demonstrate solidarity with Tibetan people suffering in occupied-Tibet, to mark the first anniversary of Katri Dr. Lobsang Sangay in the 14th Kashag, and to launch the Flame of Truth relay in Russian Federation, the prayer and candle light offering was organised at Open World Center in the capital of Russia on 8 August.

Speaking at the gathering of Russian Buddhists, friends and supporters of Tibet and Tibetans at Open World Center, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Russia & Commonwealth of Independent States, Dr. Nawang Rabgyal, introduced the triple events and spoke on the devolution of political power from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to the democratically elected political leader of Central Tibetan Administration and about making of a smooth transition with the free and fair elections of Tibetan leaders. Speaking on Tibet issue, Representative Rabgyal narrated on the current sad situation in occupied-Tibet since the invasion of Tibet in 1949-50 and Beijing government’s hard-line policies in Tibet: cultural genocide, environmental destruction, socio-economic marginalization and political repression.


Office of Tibet in Moscow holds prayer service and flame of truth relay in Moscow on 8 August 2012

When Representative Rabgyal, showing a picture of the most recent self- immolator 26-year old Tibetan woman Dolkar Tso (Kyl), spoke about a common demand of 46 self-immolators in different Tibetan areas since February 27, 2009, the audience was very much moved and sad to learn the prevailing grim situation in Tibet.

In support of and solidarity with Tibetan people in Tibet, the prayers, including Dentsik Monlam (Words of Truth) was offered with candle light and Tsog offering in Open World Center.

In conclusion, while delivering the vote of thanks, Representative Rabgyal pointed out that the Tibet issue is not only political issue; it is more than that; and it is associated with the preservation of the Buddhist cultural heritage, which belongs to the world, and which has much to contribute to our modern world and civilization. He was joined by Geshe Nawang Thugje, Spiritual Teacher at Tibet Culture & Information Center, who spoke about the importance of supporting Tibet issue for the preservation of the Buddha-Dharma in the world. It was followed by a brief speech by Mrs. Nadya Berkengeym, Vice-President of Tibet House in Moscow, who urged the Buddhists in Russia in leading to support the Tibetan struggle for their fundamental rights to live in peace and dignity.

The Flame of Truth relay in Russian Federation was commenced in Moscow on 8th August, touring through Red Square, where located Kremlin, the office of Russian President. The torch was received at Open World Center, where launched the signature campaign for the petition to be submitted to United Nations. The Flame of Truth torch will tour to Kalmyk Republic from Moscow on 2nd September, Tibetan Democracy Day, and from there to Tuva Republic on 8th September for signature campaign. On line signature campaign has been started in Russian-speaking-world through 4 websites in Russian language www.savetibet.ru, www.flameoftruth.ru, www.tibethouse.ru, and www.clouds.ru linking to the main website of the Tibetan petition to UN www.thepetitionsite.

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Young Tibetan nomad sets himself on fire

Taking the toll of self-immolation protests to three in less than a week, one more Tibetan, a young Tibetan nomad, set himself on fire in Meruma township in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), Sichuan Province this morning.

“A 24-year old Tibetan man, Choepa set himself ablaze at 10:15 (local time) today in protest against the Chinese government, and the local security officers arrived within minutes and doused the fire on his body, and forcibly took him away,” a reliable source told TCHRD.

Following the self-immolation, officers from the People's Armed Police (PAP) have reportedly gathered in large numbers in and around Meruma area; some were seen patrolling the area. The atmosphere is tense as PAP officers have surrounded the town on all sides following the self-immolation.

Quoting local eyewitnesses, the same source said Choepa had severe burn injuries on his body triggering the speculation that he may have succumbed to his injuries. However, our source is unable to confirm whether Choepa is alive.

“A man in Meruma who witnessed the fiery protest told me that Choepa has suffered severe burn injuries,” the source said, adding that Choepa has most likely not survived the self-immolation.

The security officers took Choepa to an undisclosed location, the source said.

Choepa is survived by his father, Palo and mother, Medon.

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China hands over ashes of deceased Kirti monk to family

The Chinese authorities on Tuesday handed over the ashes of the 21-year old Tibetan monk, Lobsang Tsultrum, to the latter’s family in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county, depriving the deceased a proper cremation according to Buddhist rites and rituals.

Lobsang Tsultrum, a monk at Kirti monastery set himself on fire on Monday (6 August) and died the same day around midnight at a hospital in Barkham (Chinese: Ma'erkang), capital of Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

“The Chinese authorities cremated the charred body, and returned the ashes Lobsang's family,”Kanyag Tsering, a monk at the India-based Kirti monastery, who has close contact with people in Ngaba said yesterday evening.

“They didn’t let the family cremate Lobsang's body, they just returned the ashes after cremating the charred body making the family very sad.”

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One more Kirti monk sets self on fire

A 21-year old Kirti monk in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county, Ngaba and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, set himself ablaze on Monday evening.

“Lobsang Tsultrum, 21, set himself on fire, calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile,” Kanyag Tsering, a monk at the Dharamsala-based Kirti monastery, who has close contact with people in Ngaba said in a press release on Tuesday.

Lobsang Tsultrum set himself on fire on the street below the Kirti monastery known as “Martyrs’ Street”, named so after a series of self-immolation protests took place there, Kanyag said.

“Armed Chinese police hiding on the 'Martyr’s Street' immediately extinguished the fire engulfing Lobsang Tsultrum, and took him to the Ngaba district hospital. After briefly keeping him there, Lobsang is said to have been shifted to another location, but as of now his whereabouts remain unknown,” the same source said.

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Tibetan self-immolator dies of burn injuries, family gets investigated

Ngawang Norphel, a lay Tibetan who self-immolated on 20 June 2012 passed away on 30 July 2012, more than one month after setting himself on fire, and his family is now being threatened and investigated by the Chinese authroities in Tibet.

“Ngawang Norphel died in a Chinese hospital in Amdo Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) region of Tibet on 30 July,” Tenzin Phegyel, who lives in exile in Dharamshala and is the uncle of deceased Norphel told TCHRD today.

Speaking to TCHRD, Phegyel said that Norphel’s father forcibly taken by Chinese security officers to the hospital where Norphel was admitted amidst tight security.

In protest against the Chinese government on 20 June 2012, Ngawang Norphel, 22 along with Tenzin Khedup, 24, had set themselves on ablaze in Zatoe (Chinese: Zaduo) County of Jyekundo (Chinese: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the Tibetan province of Kham in present-day Qinghai Province.

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Worldwide vigil for Tibet - on 8 August 2012

To demonstrate solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet and mark the first anniversary of Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay swearing into Office, the Kashag calls upon all Tibetans and Tibet supporters living in the free world to organize a worldwide vigil on 8 August 2012. The Kashag invites Tibetans to wear traditional dress on that day and offer Dentsik Monlam (Prayer of Truth) along with other prayers as a sign of respect and condolence.

The vigils should take place peacefully, in accordance with the laws of your country, and with dignity.



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TAR Propaganda Chief Stresses Protecting Official Secrets in Tibet

The propaganda chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Committee of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) has, in a speech at a seminar held on 11 July 2012 in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, emphasized the importance of 'strengthening the concept of confidentiality, enhancing the sense of confidentiality, adherence to the discipline of confidentiality and to prevent the occurrence of leaking state secrets.'[i]


At the seminar attended by relevant officials and cadres working in bureaus and departments dealing with confidential official documents, Mr Dong Yunhu, the TAR Propaganda chief, called Tibet the 'forefront' of China's 'struggle against separatism' and called for increased cultural system of propaganda and ideological work in protecting confidential information, citing incidents where the Tibetan area had become the main area for separatist forces inside and outside Tibet including 'hostile forces' and 'foreign intelligence agencies' to steal confidential information. In addition to the much touted call for maintaining 'national stability', Mr Dong also mentioned 'cultural stability' as one of the primary policy objectives in Tibet.

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