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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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Three Tibetan monks in Ngaba hold peaceful protests in a resurgence of solitary demonstrations

September 25, 2018

  • Three monks in Ngaba, where the wave of self-immolations began in Tibet, have staged solo protests this month, that became prominent in 2014-5.
  • Some of those monks sentenced for the same solo protests, which have often involved the demonstrator carrying a photograph of the Dalai Lama, are now being released. But according to two Kirti monks in exile, village police stations are then taking them back into detention for a week or so for ‘re-education’.

On September 5 (2018), Dorje Rabten, aged about 23, staged a public protest in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county town, shouting pro-Tibet slogans, according to Kanyag Tsering and Lobsang Yeshe, from the Kirti Monastery in Dharamsala, India. Dorjee Rabten, a monk of Kirti Monastery in Tibet, was arrested by police and is now in detention. He is from Me’uruma township.

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Images of Tibetan flag and tight security in Ngaba circulate online

July 14, 2017

A Tibetan flag was displayed briefly on July 12, 2017 from a building in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) from a street, which is being referred to by Tibetans as “Heroes” (or Martyrs) Street due to the high number of Tibetans who have self-immolated and demonstrated there.

Images and footage of the flag, which is banned in Tibet, circulated online, indicating a determination to send a message of resistance despite the crackdown in the area.

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Two young Tibetan women stage peaceful demonstration with Dalai Lama image in Ngaba

November 16, 2016

Two young Tibetan women staged a bold and peaceful demonstration yesterday (November 15) in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county town. The two women were filmed walking calmly down the street, dressed in traditional Tibetan chubas, bearing photographs of the Dalai Lama aloft and calling “Long live the Dalai Lama!”

No information is yet known of the identity of the two Tibetan women, although footage is circulating online of their demonstration. Two Kirti monks in exile in Dharamsala, India, said: “We have not heard from anyone who saw them being arrested, but we know that the local authorities in Ngaba have never ever spared any peaceful demonstrators in the streets since 2008. Even on the remote chance that they weren’t arrested at the time, armed forces would be deployed to hunt down those protesters. Tensions are still very high in Ngaba.”

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Solo protest in Ngaba earlier this month continues trend of bold statements of loyalty to the Dalai Lama

July 1, 2016

A Tibetan man named Lobsang Tsering was detained following a solo protest in Ngaba earlier this month. Lobsang Tsering, who is a monk at Kirti monastery in his twenties, has been held incommunicado since then.

On the afternoon of June 7, [2016], Lobsang Tsering held a portrait of the Dalai Lama and called for freedom in Tibet and the long life of the Dalai Lama as he walked down the main street in Ngaba county town in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan (part of the Tibetan area of Amdo). According to monks from Kirti monastery in exile in India, Lobsang Tsering belongs to the Kalachakra College, one of the four main monastic colleges at Kirti.

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Woman makes solo protest in Ngaba

March 4, 2016

A woman in her thirties named as Manga made a bold solo protest on March 1, marching down the main street of the town of Me’uruma in Ngaba holding up a photograph of the Dalai Lama, according to exile monks from Kirti monastery.

Manga was immediately detained and taken away by police and her current situation is not known. In 2008, according to the same sources, Manga was detained for eight months and severely beaten after arguing with officials who came to compel every household in the village to fly the Chinese flag. The incident led to an increased deployment of armed forces in the Me’uruma pastoral area in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous County in Sichuan (the Tibetan area of Amdo).

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Wave of solo peaceful protests in Ngaba: repression and further restrictions imposed

  • There has been a wave of solo peaceful protests in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), one of the most oppressive areas of Tibet, since an important political anniversary in August and the Dalai Lama’s birthday in July. The Tibetan monks and young women who have held their lone demonstrations have called for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, and freedom for Tibet. Several held up images of the exiled Tibetan religious leader or clasped their hands together in prayer.
  • Ngaba is the area where the self-immolations of Tibetans began in 2009, but it is notable that in a different pattern of protests, the young monks and women who demonstrated – and who have now disappeared – did not harm themselves.
  • Images have since reached ICT of stepped-up patrols of paramilitary police in riot gear on the streets of Ngaba county town, Sichuan (the Tibetan area of Amdo). The protesters’ actions are all the more striking given the political context; they know that the consequences of even mild expressions of dissent in Ngaba are likely to involve severe torture in custody and a possible prison sentence.
  • In nine protests since July, four were carried out by young women, with a further protest by a woman in her sixties. Four young monks from Kirti monastery in Ngaba carried out lone protests, with two of them having family connections to Tibetans who are already in prison.
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Tibetan man sets fire to himself beside shrine with religious offerings (Updated)

April 16, 2015

Harrowing images are circulating on Tibetan social media of a Tibetan man who set fire to himself and died in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county in Sichuan on Wednesday (April 15).

The Tibetan man was named by Tibetan sources as Neykyab, believed to be in his forties or fifties. The same sources said that he was the brother-in-law of another Tibetan from Ngaba, Dargye, who set fire to himself in Lhasa on May 27, 2012.

At the site of his self-immolation, near his home in a village in Ngaba county, Neykyab displayed a photo of the Dalai Lama and the Tenth Panchen Lama with offerings of butter-lamps and flowers, as well as a family photograph. An image of the makeshift shrine circulated among Tibetans on social media.

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Tibetan teenager sets herself on fire today

December 22, 2014

Harrowing images and video have emerged from Tibet of the self-immolation of a 19-year old Tibetan woman today in the center of a town in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), the Tibetan area of Amdo.

She was identified by exile sources as Tseypey, the fourth of six children from a family in Meruma township, and the same sources say that she died on the scene.

Tseypey was described by Tibetans who knew her as “well-behaved, honest and gentle”, according to Kirti monks in exile in Dharamsala. She had not received a formal education but grew up working as a herder with her parents. According to the same sources, her 60 year old father and 50 year old mother have reportedly been taken away by police, but it is not clear whether they have been detained. The video of the woman burning, with a voice in the background chanting prayers, has circulated on social media. Images depict her body being taken away afterwards by police. According to other Tibetan sources in exile, internet access has been restricted in the area and local phones blocked since the self-immolation occurred.

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Bold lone protests in Tibet by monk and layperson

April 29, 2014

  • A teenage Tibetan monk from Kirti monastery carried out a lone protest with an image of the Dalai Lama on April 26 in the Ngaba street where many Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009.
  • The solitary demonstration, which ended in the monk being beaten and taken into custody, followed a similar protest by a young Tibetan man in Manikengo town in Derge county, Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) in Sichuan on April 8.

Losang Tenpa, a 19-year old monk, staged his protest on April 26 with a hand-drawn Tibetan national flag wrapped around his head and displaying a photograph of the Dalai Lama. He walked along the main road in the town, renamed by Tibetans as ‘Heroes Street’ following the wave of self-immolations since Kirti monk Tapey set himself on fire at this location on February 27, 2009.

According to two Kirti monks in exile in India, Losang Tenpa called out messages of protest against the Chinese government’s policy in Tibet, until he was detained by police just moments later. A Tibetan source told Radio Free Asia that he also called for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, and that he was beaten by police as he was being detained. (RFA, Teenage Monk Shouts Slogans Against Chinese Rule in Solo Protest). No further information is known about his whereabouts or welfare.

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‘Absurd and terrifying’ new regulations escalate drive to criminalize self-immolations by targeting family, villagers, monasteries

February 24, 2014

  • County-level authorities in Dzoege, Ngaba, have issued harsh new rulings that threaten to penalize villagers, monks and others in the area if a self-immolation occurs.
  • The measures state that family, fellow villagers, and monasteries could be subject to punishment and persecution if a Tibetan self-immolator is a relative or from the local area, with potentially devastating consequences on the broader community. Tibetan writer Woeser, who posted images of the notices on her blog, described them as “absurd and terrifying”.
  • The regulations include more severe tactics in an attempt to prevent self-immolations or other forms of protest, although evidence suggests that self-immolations by Tibetans are a solitary act, without inducement from others.
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Security intensified in Ngaba after former Kirti monk self-immolates

February 14, 2014

A former Kirti monk set fire to himself on February 13, on the main road near the monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county town, after attending a monastic mask dance that morning. Twenty-five year old Lobsang Dorje was still alive when he was taken away by police. Kirti monks in exile said: “As they were driving him away in the back of a pickup van covered with black canvas, he sat up and joined his palms, but the policemen pushed him back down. At present it is not known whether he is alive or dead, or where he has been taken.”

Lobsang Dorje, from Chukle Gongma nomadic area in Cha Ruwa, Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) set fire to himself in the same street as Kirti monk Tapey, who was the first Tibetan in Tibet to self-immolate five years ago this month in February 2009.

Troops of armed police and special forces were immediately deployed in the town, in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, the Tibetan area of Amdo.

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Tibetan father of two sets fire to himself in Ngaba

Update, December 5, 2013 According to information received from Tibetans in exile, Kunchok Tseten died soon after his self-immolation. His body has not been returned to his family. According to new information from the same sources, Kunchok Tseten had participated in a protest in Lhasa during the wave of unrest across Tibet in 2008, and […]

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Tibetan father of two sets fire to himself and dies in Ngaba

September 29, 2013

A Tibetan father of two set fire to himself and died yesterday (September 28) in Gomang village, Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county, according to exile Tibetan sources. When Tibetans gathered around his body, police aimed their guns at the crowd. Village elders averted tensions by appealing to both local Tibetans and police for calm.

Forty-year old Shichung set himself on fire outside his house and ran along the road shouting in protest against the Chinese authorities before he collapsed to the ground in flames and died, according to Kirti monks in exile in Dharamsala. The monks said before he self-immolated, he lit a butter-lamp before an image of the Dalai Lama. A few days earlier, he had said, “The Chinese will never leave us in peace”, according to the same sources.

Following his self-immolation, although local people recovered the body for prayers at first, police then took Shichung’s corpse. Police presence in the area is being stepped up and there are fears of increasing tensions.

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Death penalty for Tibetan after death of wife in Ngaba

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 she had self-immolated.’ Full details of the circumstances of Kunchok Wangmo’s death are not known. The imposition of the death penalty is rare in Tibet and there are concerns that the verdict may have been influenced by political circumstances.

The death penalty for ‘homicide’ was handed down by the Intermediate People’s Court in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in. Sichuan (the Tibetan area of Amdo) on August 15. According to Xinhua, “The court found that at 11 p.m. on March 11, Drolma Gya choked his 29-year-old wife Kunchok Wangmo to death with a scarf in their apartment in Zoige [Tibetan: Dzoge] County following an argument over his drinking.” The Xinhua report also stated that Dolma Kyab “burned the body because he believed an apparent self-immolation would help him cover up the crime, as well as preserve his dignity and that of their daughter.” (Global Times, Man sentenced to death after faking wife’s self-immolation).

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Teenage Tibetan monk dies after self-immolation in Dzoege

July 22, 2013

  • An 18-year old monk called Konchok Sonam set himself on fire on July 20 and died outside his monastery in Dzoege, Ngaba, where the crackdown has been among the most intense in Tibetan areas.

  • The self-immolation is the ninth in Dzoege and brings the number of Tibetan self-immolations in Tibet and China to 121 since February 2009 (Self-immolations by Tibetans). It occurred despite aggressive measures by the authorities over the past two years to prevent self-immolations in the Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) area. The most senior Tibetan official in Dzoege county has been removed from his post following the self-immolations and because he was known to be responsive to the concerns of local Tibetans, Radio Free Asia reported.

  • A heavy troop presence has now deployed in Thangkor (Ch: Tangke) town and at the Soktsang (Tashi Thekchokling) Gelugpa monastery in Dzoege (Chinese: Ruo’ergai) in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan (the Tibetan area of Amdo) where Konchok Sonam was a monk. Another Tibetan monk, Tangdzin, was detained, according to one Tibetan source. Radio Free Asia reported that hundreds of Tibetans have gathered at the monastery in support of monks who prevented Chinese authorities from taking away his body.
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Two Tibetan teenagers set themselves on fire in Ngaba

Two Tibetan teenagers set fire to themselves and died yesterday, February 19, in Dzorge, Ngaba. Seventeen-year old Rinchen and 18-year old Sonam Dargye were from the same village of Gardong and went to primary school together, according to Tibetan Buddhist monks from Kirti monastery in India. Among the 104 Tibetans who have self-immolated in the […]

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Two Tibetan teenage relatives self-immolate in Ngaba

Two teenage Tibetans, a monk and a layperson who are believed to have been cousins, set themselves on fire yesterday (August 27) in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba). The self-immolations took place near the eastern gate of Kirti monastery, and were the 50th and 51st in Tibet since a young monk, Tapey, set fire to himself in […]

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