November 4, 2011

Tibet: Self-immolation Claims 11th Tibetan

An eleventh Tibetan has killed herself amid the continuing use of self-immolation as a protest of last resort that began in March 2011 as Tibetan monks and nuns advocated for Beijing to respect their basic human rights

Below is an article published by the Central Tibetan Administration:

Yet another Tibetan nun self-immolated in Kham Tawu, eastern Tibet at around 12 noon today [3 November 2011]. She is the 11th Tibetan to set herself on fire in a wave of self-immolation protests that has taken place this year since March [2011].

Palden Choetso also known as Choesang, 35, from Gaden Choeling nunnery nearby Nyitso monastery in Kham, set herself on fire while chanting “ Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama”, “Free Tibet” and “Let His Holiness return to Tibet” at a public prayer session held at Tawu Namgyal Stupa.

She has succumbed while committing the self-less act and her body was taken away to nearby Nyitso monastery by the witnesses.  It is also reported that Chinese security forces have already surrounded the monastery in an attempt to suppress the information.

Palden Choetso is from Drotso dzong in Kham Tawu. Her father's name is Joney and her mother's name is Kolen.

In August, Tsewang Norbu, a monk from Nyitso monastery in Kham Tawu have self-immolated calling for freedom and the return of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Tibet.

[updated 11 Nov. 2011]

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