Tibetan commits suicide by lying on train tracks in Switzerland

A police handout photo of Tashi Namgyal, who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Emmenbrücke, Switzerland, on 7 September 2017.

A police handout photo of Tashi Namgyal, who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Emmenbrücke, Switzerland, on 7 September 2017. Hand out/Luzerner Police

Tibet Sun Newsroom

McLEOD GANJ, India, 13 September 2017

A Tibetan man allegedly committed suicide by lying on train tracks outside the Emmenbrücke station in Switzerland last Thursday.

The local police were not able to identify the person, but have recovered two suicide notes allegedly left behind by him. They suspected the deceased to be of Tibetan origin.

The Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein has confirmed the man to be Tibetan, and has seen the two notes the man has left behind.

Unconfirmed reports say that the man’s name was Tashi Namgyal, who was in his 30s, and has failed in his attempts to get asylum in the country.

The President of the Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein issued a note confirming Tashi Namgyal as the man, and said that the suicide note written by Tashi Namgyal was in two parts.

According to the President, in one note Namgyal has called for the United Nations to take up the Tibetan issue, and for the Dalai Lama to be able to return to Tibet.

In the second note he has called for the Swiss government to grant asylum for the Tibetan asylum seekers, and that he had decided to end his life at his own will.

Reports say that the Swiss government has rejected asylum applications of 500 Tibetans. About 7,000 Tibetans have been integrated into the Swiss system and live there as legal citizens.

In response to Tibet Sun’s Questions to Swiss State Secretariat for Migration regarding the issue of the status of asylum seekers, the Swiss authorities said the policy with regards to granting asylum to Tibetans who are at risk of persecution inside Tibet remains unchanged. But the authorities are not likely to grant asylum to those Tibetans who cannot establish their origin or from regions where they face no threat to their safety. Under such circumstances, they would be not eligible for asylum and will be deported, the authorities said.

The Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein has organised prayer services for the deceased.


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