Tibetan self-immolates in China


A Free Tibet candlelit display showing the pictures of Tibetans who died of self immolation is seen during a protest in front of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on February 22, 2012.


Aaron Tam

Dolkar Kyi, 26, self-immolated and killed herself today at a monastery in a Tibetan area of China, according to Tibet.net.

Reports indicate she died shortly thereafter in Tsoe monastery in Kanlho. According to Tibetan sources in exile from Kyi's home area, she called for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet, and shouted that Tibet had no freedom.

The New York Times reported another Tibetan monk, 21-year-old called Lobsang Trinlay (or possibly Lobsang Tsultrim) from Kirti Monastery, self-immolated in Ngaba just yesterday.

Twenty-six of 46 self-immolations in Tibet since February have occurred in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, according to the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet.

China has said the Dalai Lama is responsible for inciting these sacrificial protests. The Dalai Lama denies these claims, saying he does not encourage Tibetans toward violence in any form. 

Many who commit suicide by fire are protesting China's iron-fisted rule over Tibet, which China annexed between 1950 and 1951