TYC marches in Delhi to highlight 150 self-immolations in Tibet

Tibetan Youth Congress President Tenzing Jigme leading the Coffin March to the United Nations in Delhi, India, on 29 May 2017.

Tibetan Youth Congress President Tenzing Jigme leading the Coffin March to the United Nations in Delhi, India, on 29 May 2017. TYC Handout

Tibet Sun Newsroom

McLEOD GANJ, India, 29 May 2017

Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) marched in Indian capital Delhi to highlight the dire situation in Tibet resulting in people there setting fire to themselves in protest.

A wave of self-immolations has swept Tibet since the monk named Tapey from Kirti Monastery in Amdo region of Tibet set himself on fire in 2009. Reports say 128 of the 150 self-immolators have died.

The news of self-immolation of a young Tibetan monk named Jamyang Losal, age 22, who died on 19 May in Kangtsa Tibet marked the 150th such fiery protest against the repressive Chinese policies in Tibet.

As in most cases, Losal’s body was taken away by the police, and when his family members went to the police station to claim his remains, the police refused to comply. He did not survive the burns.

The protesters have consistently called for freedom in Tibet and to allow the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet.

TYC President Tenzing Jigme in a statement said, “So long as China continues to illegally occupy Tibet, the Tibetan people will continue to protest and resist the CCP’s oppression and policies. China needs to understand that the only way these protests will stop is when they listen to the demands of the Tibetan people.”

TYC is the largest Tibetan NGO in exile, and works for an independent Tibet, unlike the popular call for autonomy through the ‘Middle-way’ approach proposal initiated by the Dalai Lama when he was the temporal as well as spiritual leader.

The protesting members marched towards the United Nations building in Delhi carrying coffins to represent the Tibetan martyrs, demanding that the United Nations convene a Special Session for Tibet considering the grave situation there.

President Jigme said that the UN have a responsibility when what is happening in Tibet affects the surrounding Asian nations and even the world at large politically, environmentally, socially, and economically.

“We need the United Nations and its member nations to hold China responsible for their policies, and take urgent action for Tibet now,” Jigme said.


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