Dr Sangay expressed concern over the death of Jamyang Losel, a Tibetan monk in 20’s who died after carrying out a self-immolation protest on 19 May this year in Chentsa, Manlho, northeastern Tibet.
“It is reported that the Chinese police arrived at the scene and forcibly took away his charred body. At the time of filing this report, it is not clear whether the Chinese authorities have returned the body to the family,” the CTA said in a report.
On 2 May, Chakdor Kyab, a 16-year-old Tibetan student from Amdo Bhora, Sangchu County in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture incorporated in China’s Gansu province set himself on fire in protest against the Chinese Government’s repressive policies. He was heard calling for freedom in Tibet and the Return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
Jamyang Losel is the fourth Tibetan to carry out a self-immolation protest in 2017. The latest self-immolation by Losel brought the total verified number of self-immolations inside Tibet to 149. Of these, 128 are known to have died. Most of the self-immolators called for the return of the Dalai Lama and freedom for the Tibetan people.
“It deeply concerns us to see young Tibetans self-immolate. Such sacrifices by Tibetans in Tibet evidences that repression in Tibet under the Chinese rule is making lives unlivable,” the President said in response to the self-immolation protest in the Himalayan nation.
“Therefore it is time the Chinese Government heed to the calls of Tibetans in Tibet who long for freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama back to Tibet. China must address the legitimate grievances of people in Tibet,” he said.
The President also said that dialogue is the best solution to resolve the Tibet issue through the Middle Way Approach. “The issue of Tibet can be best resolved amicably through the ‘Middle-way Approach’, by resuming dialogue with the Tibetan representatives,” Dr Sangay added.
Tibet was invaded by the Communist regime in China, starting in 1949. Since that time, over 1.2 million out of 6 Tibetans died as a direct result of China’s invasion and continued occupation of Tibet, over 6000 monasteries have been looted and destroyed— Crimes against Humanity and Genocide include murder, massacres, torture, rape, starvation, extreme deprivation, forced marches, enslavement, brutal violence, and systematic extermination. The communist regime continues to call this a ‘peaceful liberation’, that the “Tibetans are living in a Maoist socialist paradise.”