140 Burn for Freedom in Tibet
China’s harsh policies in Tibet, restricting freedoms and basic human rights, have intensified Tibetan grievances and exacerbated the resentment felt across Tibet. Thousands of Chinese troops are currently stationed in Tibet and monks and nuns have been subjected to harsh ‘patriotic re-education’ programmes. Tibetan students have been sentenced to harsh prison terms for advocating for the right to use their language, and the friends and families of Tibetans who have self-immolated have been detained and interrogated.Now this resistance has taken an unprecedented turn as China’s failed Tibet policies have provoked a wave of self-immolations. At least 140 Tibetan monks, nuns and laypeople have set themselves on fire to demand freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama
A further seven Tibetans-in-exile have self-immolated since April 1998. Three occurred in Delhi, India, one in Mumbai, India and three in Kathmandu, Nepal.