Wednesday, October 19, 2011

China: Tibetan Self-Immolations

Protestors protesting in favor of Tibetan
independence during the 2008 Olympics
Office of the Spokesperson (State Department)
Washington, DC
Question Taken at the October 18, 2011, Daily Press Briefing
QUESTION: Have we raised the issue of Tibetan self-immolations with the Chinese government?
ANSWER: Yes, we have, and we remain seriously concerned by reports, since April, of eight Tibetan Buddhist monks and one nun self-immolating at or near the Ngaba Kirti monastery in China’s Sichuan province. These acts clearly represent anger and frustration with regard to Tibetan human rights, including religious freedom, inside China. We again call on the Chinese Government to respect the rights of all Chinese citizens who peacefully express their desire for internationally recognized freedoms; and particularly to respect the rights of Tibetans; to resolve the underlying grievances of China’s Tibetan population. We urge Chinese leaders to address counterproductive policies in Tibetan areas that have created tensions; and to protect Tibet’s unique religious, cultural, and linguistic identity.

Note: Tibet was an independent country until the People's Liberation Army invaded and conquered it in 1950.

Image is the property of Prakhar Amba and is used via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License and was obtained via Wikimedia Commons.

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