Wangchen Kyi the eighth Tibetan child to self-immolate in political protest: activists

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An exiled Tibetan woman holds a photograph of a Tibetan youth who self-immolated during a candlelight vigil in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, on Sept. 30, 2012. The youth in the photo, from eastern Tibet, allegedly burned himself in protest against Chinese rule on Sept. 29.

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Lobsang Wangyal

A teenage Tibetan girl, Wangchen Kyi, on Sunday became the eighth Tibetan youth to self-immolate in protest of Chinese dominion over ethnically Tibetan regions, rights groups said, according to The Washington Post

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Kyi died in western Qinghai province on Sunday night after she making a statement of support for the Tibetan people, the US-based  International Campaign for Tibet said, reported PerthNow

There were conflicting reports as to her age, but it appeared to be either 16 or 17. 

Over 90 Tibetans have self-immolated in the past several years as a form of political protest over perceived Chinese suppression of their culture and values, said the Post

China says the rights of the Tibetan people are fully protected.