The self-immolation of a young man in Tibet in 2015 has reportedly come to light after the Chinese government successfully kept it hidden for more than five years.
A young Tibetan former monk from Kirti monastery set himself on fire on November 26, and died in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, in the Tibetan area of Amdo. It was the first known self-immolation by a Tibetan this year.
On a major anniversary in Tibet on 10 December, 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.
According to information from Tibetan sources, a young Tibetan man set fire to himself in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) in the Tibetan area of Amdo on Dec. 8, 2018
A young Tibetan man named Dorbe set himself on fire on November 4 in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), Amdo, saying “May the Dalai Lama live long! May we soon behold his golden countenance!” before he died.
On 7 March, a Tibetan man in his forties set fire to himself and died in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), eastern Tibet, in the 153rd self-immolation since 2009.
Since February 2009, there have been 155 confirmed self-immolations within Tibet and the PRC, 12 occurring in 2011, 86 in 2012, 27 in 2013, 11 in 2014, 7 in 2015, 3 in 2016, 5 in 2017 and 4 in 2018.
On July 31, 2014, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) published its new report “Acts of significant evil – The criminalisation of Tibetan self-immolations”. The report focuses on the intensified repression, which led to convictions, detentions and disappearances of Tibetans as a response to self-immolations by the Chinese Communist Party.
Voice of America has produced a 56 minute documentary examining the self-immolations in Tibet.
“Fire in the Land of Snow: Self-Immolations in Tibet” is an hour-long documentary that explores the causes behind the at least 117 self-immolations known to have taken place in Tibet since 2009.
On 24 April 2013 the Human Rights Committee of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, passed a Joint Declaration on self-immolations in Tibet.
A Joint Declaration, by protocol, is not a resolution, but more than a mere press release or statement. TheCommittee has only passed five such declarations in the past four years, on Syria, Russia and Iran.