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Teen monk beaten and arrested as wave of protests and self-immolations continues in Tibet

December 18, 2018

On a major anniversary in Tibet, a 17-year-old monk was beaten and arrested for calling out for Tibetan freedom, just one day after unconfirmed reports said two teens lit themselves on fire in protest of Chinese rule.

On Dec. 10, the anniversary of the Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, 17-year-old Sanggye Gyatso of the Kirti monastery in Ngaba in northeastern Tibet carried out a solo protest, calling for ‘Freedom for Tibet.’ As he attempted to walk along the main street, he was detained immediately by police, who beat him as they took him away, according to two Kirti monks living in exile in Dharamsala, India.

Sanggye Gyatso has now disappeared into custody, and there is no further information about his safety or whereabouts. According to the two monks in Dharamsala, he is from Soruma village in the Choejema area of Ngaba county and joined Kirti monastery at a young age from a family of pastoralists.

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Two Kirti monks sentenced after solo protests calling for Dalai Lama’s return

November 13, 2014

  • Two young Kirti monks from Ngaba, eastern Tibet, have been sentenced to three and two years in prison for solo peaceful protests, according to monks in exile. Both were severely tortured on detention. Both monks demonstrated on the main street of the county town of Ngaba near the monastery, known among Tibetans as ‘Heroes (or Martyrs) Road’ because it has been the site of a number of self-immolations and protests.
  • On November 7 (2014), Kirti monk Losang Tenpa, 19, was sentenced to two years imprisonment following his peaceful protest on April 26. Another Kirti monk, 20-year old Losang Gyatso, was sentenced to three years following a similar solo protest in April in which he called for freedom and for the Dalai Lama to be allowed to return to Tibet.
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Lobsang Thogme

Two self-immolations in Tibet: Kirti monk on crackdown anniversary and woman in Dzoge

UPDATE August, 21 2013: The Chinese state media Xinhua reported on August 16 that the Intermediate People’s Court in Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture had sentenced a Tibetan man, 32-year old Dolma Kyab (Chinese transliteration: Drolma Gya), to death for ‘killing his wife and burning her body to make it look as if […]

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Iron Hare

Tibetan monks in Dharamsala release report on self-immolations in Tibet

Dharamsala, India, September 12, 2012. The Dharamsala-based Dhomay Alliance for Freedom and Justice have today released a new report on the self-immolations in Tibet, available for download here » The report, “Iron Hare 2011 – Flames of Resistance,” is an account of the Tibetan self-immolations based on first-hand testimony about the self-immolations as reported by […]

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Tsultrim and Kyi

Tibetan mother in her twenties dies after self-immolation today; monk taken away after self-immolation yesterday

A young mother of two called Dolkar Tso (previously reported as Dolkar Kyi) set fire to herself and died today near Tsoe Gaden Choeling monastery in Kanlho (Chinese: Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture) in Gansu Province (the Tibetan area of Amdo). Her death follows the self-immolation yesterday of a 21-year old Kirti monk Lobsang Tsultrim in […]

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Losang Lozin

Teenage monk and model student self-immolates in Tibet

UPDATE JULY 18, 2012: When security personnel despatched from Barkham arrived at the monastery after the self-immolation, local people attempted to block them from entering the monastery. According to Lobsang Yeshi, a Kirti monk in exile in Dharamsala, India, monastery management personnel successfully prevented a tense situation from escalating when they “promised the Chinese police […]

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Kirti monk who self-immolated on March 16 dies in custody; 18-year old monk dies on March 10 in self-immolation protest

Lobsang Tsultrim, the 20-year old monk from Kirti monastery who self-immolated on Friday, March 16, died while in the custody of authorities at the Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture government offices in Barkham (Chinese: Ma’erkang) on Monday, March 19, according to Kirti monks in exile in India. Lobsang Tsultrim’s body was not turned over to the […]

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China to UN expert group: Panchen Lama receiving “excellent education”

Group Raises cases of disappearances of Tibetan monk Jigme Guri and monks from Kirti monastery GENEVA, February 9, 2012 – According to a report of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance (WGEID) submitted to the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the government of the People’s Republic of China continues […]

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Tibetan becomes new Lhasa Party Secretary; updates on leadership in Tibetan areas and the current climate in Lhasa

The appointment of a Tibetan, Che Dalha (Chinese: Qizhala), to the politically important position of Party Secretary of Lhasa Municipality (Xinhua, November 16) re-establishes a convention of ethnic Tibetans holding this post although it does not signal any broader shift in policy. While Che Dalha’s entire career has been spent in a Tibetan region of […]

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Self-immolations continue in Tibet; 8th young Tibetan man sets fire to himself in Ngaba

A former Kirti monk set fire to himself in a protest on the main street in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county town just before noon on October 15, according to exiled Tibetan sources. Norbu Damdrul, a 19-year old former monk at Kirti monastery in Ngaba, shouted “We need freedom and independence for Tibet,” and called for […]

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17 year old Tibetan monk from Kirti monastery self-immolates in new protest

A 17-year old monk from Kirti monastery immolated himself in Ngaba county town at approximately 2:00 pm local time today, according to Tibetans in exile in contact with Tibetans in the area. The monk, Kelsang Wangchuk, carried a photo of the Dalai Lama and was shouting slogans against the Chinese government when he set fire […]

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Lobsang Kelsang and Lobsang Kunchok

Two more Tibetan monks from Kirti monastery set themselves on fire calling for religious freedom

The two teenage monks who set themselves on fire in the Tibetan area of Ngaba on September 26, 2011. The dates of the photographs are unknown.[/caption]Two teenage monks from Kirti monastery set fire to themselves this morning in the Tibetan area of Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), while shouting “Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama.” The Chinese state media reported the incident today and stated that both monks were still alive, although their whereabouts and welfare remain unknown. It is the third incident of self-immolation by Tibetan monks this year, and according to exile Tibetan sources, one of the monks is related to Phuntsog, the 20-year old Kirti monk who set fire to himself on March 16 leading to the current crackdown in the area.

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Lobsang Tenzin, Losang Tsondru, Lobsang Tenzin

Monks imprisoned for 10-13 years following self-immolation by Kirti monk

Three monks at Kirti monastery have been imprisoned for between 10 and 13 years for “intentional homicide” following the death of a young monk called Phuntsog who set himself on fire earlier this year as an act of protest against the crackdown in Tibet. The sentencing appears to be purely political; there is no evidence […]

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New developments at Kirti Monastery; crackdown shows no sign of easing

Several hundred government officials billeted at Kirti Paramilitary police severely beat Tibetan boy and girl Chinese authorities launch failed propaganda show at Kirti Some monks taken for “legal education” are allowed to return to home villages but not allowed to return to Kirti The crackdown underway at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan and […]

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Fears for future of Kirti monastery; UN seeks answers

Paramilitary occupation of Kirti monastery continues Monks flee due to climate of fear and rigorous patriotic education campaign China claims detained monks undergoing “legal education” following UN complaint According to new information received by ICT, monks have been leaving Kirti monastery in recent months due to the presence of troops blockading the monastery, the risks […]

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UN Human Rights Experts to China: Disclose the fate and whereabouts of Kirti Monks

Geneva, 8 June – In a strongly worded public statement issued today, the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) of the UN Human Rights Council called upon the Chinese authorities “to disclose the fate and whereabouts of all those who have been subject to enforced disappearances in China, including a group of Tibetan […]

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Crackdown in Ngaba: monks detained for giving wrong answers in ‘patriotic education’

Kirti monks who fail to give‚ ‘right answers’ in patriotic education class detained Fears for life of Tibetan prisoner’s daughter following interrogation Disappearances continue in Ngaba Some monks from group of more than 300 taken from monastery may have been returned home A climate of fear continues in the Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) area in Sichuan […]

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Burning the body of Phuntsog

Ngaba students protest crackdown, authorities respond; new information on deaths of Tibetans who tried to protect monks

New information has emerged about the current crackdown in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province (the Tibetan area of Amdo), following the self-immolation of 20-year old monk Phuntsog on March 16 and the removal of several hundred monks from Kirti monastery on April 21-22. This report details the following: The burning […]

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