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One more Tibetan monk self-immolates, dies

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Dharmashala: A 29-year-old Tibetan monk has died in the latest reported case of self-immolation, a rights organisation said on Tuesday night.

London-based Free Tibet said in a statement that Lobsang Gendun, 29, a monk in the Penak monastery in Qinghai province in eastern China died after setting himself on fire at a busy intersection in a county town.

The incident occurred on Monday evening, the statement said.

The number of suicide protests has now crossed the count of 90; majority have succumbed to their self-inflicted injuries.

“Chinese security personnel were prevented from taking Lobsang Gendun by members of the local community who returned his body to the monastery. The situation
in the town is described by local witnesses as “tense”,” Free Tibet said.

It added that since the beginning of November, confirmed self-immolation protests have become a near daily occurrence, with 28 Tibetans confirmed to have set themselves on fire. Other forms of protest including marches, individual demonstrations and fasts in solidarity are escalating within Tibetan areas.

The rights group said that Tibetans from all walks of life, including teenagers and mothers of young children, have resorted to self-immolation.

“Survivors of self-immolation protests taken by the authorities frequently disappear completely and families and the local community are denied access,” the statement added.

The director of the organisation, Stephanie Brigden: “Self-immolations in Tibet are the acts of people denied legal recourse and political power and subjected to relentless state oppression by an occupying force. The question now is, when will the international community respond to this crisis? Given the recent revelation that even UK government ministers have privately declared British policy on Tibet to be ‘whatever China wants it to be’, it is time for David Cameron and other world leaders to make the rights of the Tibetan people their priority, rather than appeasing China.”
Source: Hindustan Times

Published Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 | 08:05 AM

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