Tibetan Woman Dies After Self-Immolation in China

Tibetan Woman Dies After Self-Immolation in China

At the New York Times, Andrew Jacobs reports that a 20-year-old Tibetan woman died Monday after self-immolating in protest of Chinese policies in Tibetan regions of China:

The woman, Tsepe Kyi, described as a 20-year-old nomad from in the Chinese province of , died there, Free and Radio Free Asia reported. The authorities were said to have later detained her parents and a brother for questioning.

In Tibetan areas of China, family members with advance knowledge of a self-immolation can face jail time.

The latest self-immolation, the second this month, brought to 135 the number of who have set themselves ablaze since 2009 in a campaign protesting what many describe as intrusive government policies. [Source]

Aba (Ngaba in Tibetan) has been the scene of much unrest and many in recent years. On December 17, the Times cited Radio Free Asia to report that a 33-year-old Tibetan man was killed after self-immolating in a Tibetan region of  Province:

The man, Sangye Khar, 33, self-immolated in the mountain town of Sangchu, known as Xiahe in Chinese, home to the Labrang Monastery, one of the most important sites in Tibetan Buddhism and a major tourist attraction. The self-immolation, the third in a row to take place outside a police station, coincided with a major Tibetan religious festival. [Source]

Read more on Tibet and the ongoing wave of protest by self-immolation, via CDT.

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