China: Tibetan teens die after self-immolation
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||28 August 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, China: Tibetan teens die after self-immolation, 28 August 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5040b01913.html [accessed 27 January 2015]|
August 28, 2012
A rights group says two Tibetan teenagers have died after setting themselves on fire outside a monastery in southwestern China.
The London-based Free Tibet said a 18-year-old monk and a 17-year-old former monk set themselves on fire on August 27 outside the Kirti Monastery in Sichuan Province.
They died after they were taken to a hospital by Chinese authorities.
Free Tibet said the incidents pushed the number of confirmed self-immolations to 51 since 2009.
At least half of them are believed to have died.
Supporters say the self-immolators are protesting Beijing's heavy-handed rule in Tibetan regions and are calling for the return of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
China branded the self-immolators criminals and blames the exiled Dalai Lama for inciting them.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters