“Two Tibetan Youths Self-Immolate”

Incredibly depressing news, via RFA:

So far, seven Tibetans have set themselves alight this year in a desperate attempt to highlight rights abuses.

Two youths in a Tibetan region of southwestern Sichuan province set fire to themselves on Friday in the latest in a string of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule, sources with links to the region said.

Kanyak Tsering and Lobsang Yeshi, both monks at Kirti’s sister monastery in northern India, named the two youths as Chophel, 19, of the Gongma Juri family, and Khaying, 18, from the Thawa Gongma Songpo family.

According to the paper, the monks shouted: “Tibet has no freedom! We have no human rights! Invite the Dalai Lama back to Tibet!” and “All Tibetans should return.”

It said one protester had died immediately and the second was seen to be “severely burned and may not survive.”

Recent self-immolations by desperate Tibetan monks from Ngaba and elsewhere in Tibetan regions of Sichuan signal an alarming trend and highlight unrelenting Chinese actions to curb religious rights, according to human rights groups and experts.

Last Monday, a Tibetan monk from Kirti set himself on fire this year in the fifth such protest this year.

Despite the restrictions on communication, Tibetans in other parts of Tibet seem highly aware of these developments.


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