Statement by Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay on recent Killings of Tibetans
***Three Tibetans shot dead on first day of Chinese New Year 1/23/12
Three Tibetans were killed and several injured when police opened fire on Tibetans who gathered to protest in Drango, Kardze (the Tibetan area of Kham) today, the first day of Chinese New Year. The escalating crackdown in Drango follows the circulation of leaflets in the area saying that Tibetans should not celebrate the New Year in 2012 because of the self-immolations, and declaring an intention by the unnamed author of the leaflets to set fire to themselves at the time of Tibetan New Year (Losar, which falls on February 22). more…
The crisis in eastern Tibet continues – on January 14th, a leading member of the ‘Tibetan Mother Language’ association, Losang Jamyang, a young Tibetan man in his early twenties, doused himself on fire at 1:30pm and walked into the streets calling for ‘Freedom for Tibet’ and ‘Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama.’ In the past year alone, 16 Tibetans have taken this drastic action, a clear rejection of Chinese rule and a cry for help from the international community.
Please stand with Tibetans at this critical time and demand China immediately address Tibetan grievances.
TAKE ACTION: Send the letter below to Sichuan Party Secretary Liu Qibao, Qinghai Party Secretary Qian Wei, Tibet Autonomous Region Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi, and Vice-Minister Zhu Weiqun.
Yang Jiech * Liu Qibao * Chen Quanguo * Qiang Wei * Zhu Weiqun
***CANDLE VIGIL ON JAN 28th 2012 @ Westlake Center (5:00pm)
***Saturday Weekly Prayer @ Sakya Monastery
SONAM WANGYAL, A RESPECTED RELIGIOUS FIGURE IN HIS LOCAL AREA, DIED SHORTLY AFTER SETTING HIMSELF ON FIRE IN THE MORNING OF JANUARY 8TH
Dear Tibetan Community, hello everyone I hope that you have had an auspicious start to 2012
Sadly, as you may have heard in the last few days three more Tibetans have tragically self-immolated. One Tibetan is a Golog Tulku Sonam Wangyal-la from the TAR, and two other are Tibetans Tsultrim and Tennyi a Kirti monk both from Ngaba.
In order to show solidarity with our Tibetan brothers and sisters we will be holding a candlelight vigil at Westlake Park on Sunday Jan 15th starting at 5pmPlease join us during this very difficult time for all Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet.We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Seattle TYC will host a prayer for the Palden Choetso, who self-immolated on Nov. 3rd in Kardze (Eastern Tibet) to protest against the ongoing China’s brutal suppression - more details below. (11/18/2011 - BBC Video: “Dalai Lama warns of backlash against immolations“)
Join us for prayer on Shaygu Prayer Service for Ani PALDEN CHOETSO - SAT DEC 17th - Time: 5pm-6pm
~ RECENT Interview with the Spiritual head of Kirti monasic community in Ngaba, Tibet, Kirti Rinpoche.
12 Tibetans have self-immolated since February 27, 2009
10 men, two women
Six of the 12 are known to have died following their protest
Nine of the 12 are from Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province
Three are from Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province (One monk from Nyitso monastery, one monk from Kardze monastery and one nun from Tawu)
Five of the 12 were monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba
Three of the 12 are former monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba (It is currently not known whether the three chose to disrobe, or were expelled from the monastery by government authorities)
One of the 12 was a nun from Mame Dechen Chokorling nunnery in Ngaba
11 of the self-immolations have occurred since March 16, 2011
Date: November 3, 2011 Nunnery: Ganden Jangchup Choeling Protest location: Tawu (also known as Dawu) county in Kardze Age: 35
Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased (believed)
Info: A Tibetan, Palden Choetso set fire to herself November 3, 2011 and is believed to have died in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, the Tibetan area of Kham. The state news agency Xinhua confirmed the self-immolation and reported that the nun died after setting herself on fire near her nunnery in Tawu (also known as Dawu, Chinese: Daofu) county in Kardze.
According to one source in exile, “After Palden Choetso’s self-immolation the nuns took her to the nunnery, and she died soon afterwards. Nuns began to pray for her. The local authorities have locked down the area, closing a major road in Tawu, and deploying troops to the nunnery.”