Tom Lantos

US Congressmen call on Chinese authorities to stop persecuting relatives of self-immolators in Tibet

February 11, 2016

On February 4, 2016, the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC), Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA) issued a press release to announce that they “wrote a letter to the Chinese Government to express their deep concern regarding the prosecution and labeling as “criminals” of relatives and friends of self-immolators, and potentially entire communities in which the self-immolators lived.”

Since 2009, 143 Tibetans have self-immolated inside Tibet and most of them have died as a result of this tragic act of protest. Most of the self-immolators have called for an end to the repressive policies implemented by the Chinese Government in Tibet and have called for the return of the Dalai Lama.

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