China to Press Murder Charges for Inciting Tibet Immolations

As part of an effort to quell the surge of self-immolations by protesting Tibetans, Chinese authorities have cracked down on families and sympathizers of self-immolators. Now, they are taking it a step further by imposing murder charges on anyone “inciting” self-immolations, without clearly defining which behavior would be included. From AFP: A joint legal opinion issued by China’s supreme court, top prosecution body and police said the charge of “intentional murder” should apply to anyone urging Tibetans to set themselves alight, the state-run Gannan Daily reported. Beijing regularly accuses the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, of inciting the burnings. He said last month that Beijing was more interested in criticising him than finding the reasons for the self-immolations. […] “The recent self immolations in Tibean areas are mutually linked to hostile forces in and out of China, they are plotted, organised and incited by separatist nations and are seriously odious incidents aimed at destroying ethnic unity and fomenting social disorder,” the paper said. “The legal opinion clearly points out that those criminals behind the scenes who plan, incite, aide, abet … and help those perpetrating self immolations will be investigated for criminal liability in the crime of intentional murder.” On Twitter, Todd Stein of the International Campaign for Tibet posed a series of situations which could potentially be deemed “incitement” under the new law: Q: If a Tibetan complains to a friend that Tibetans have no rights, in town where a self-immolation then occurs, is that called incitement? — Todd Stein (@ToddSteinICT) December 5, 2012 Q: If a Tibetan calls for return of the @dalailama to #Tibet, a major message of self-immolators, is that judged as incitement? — Todd Stein (@ToddSteinICT) December 5, 2012 Q: If a Tibetan talks on the phone to a relative in India about the ...
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