Self Immolations

Sri Lanka monk attempts to self-immolate

Sri Lankan hospital workers carry a Buddhist monk, identified as Bowatte Indrarathane, on a stretcher for treatment in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday. Photo: AP

A Sri Lankan monk set himself on fire on Friday to protest the slaughter of cattle, in the country’s first attempt at self-immolation by a monk, police said.

Friday, 24 May, 2013, 8:56pm

Two more Tibetans self-immolate in China, say rights groups

Exile Tibetans carry portraits of the Dalai Lama (right), the late Panchen Lama (centre), and Mahatma Gandhi at a candlelight vigil to mourn the deaths of self-immolators in Dharamshala. Photo: AFP

Two more Tibetans have died after setting themselves ablaze in China, Western rights groups said on Monday, the latest in a string of self-immolations carried out in protest against Chinese rule.

26 Feb 2013 - 12:21am

US slams ‘horrific’ toll of Tibet self-immolations

Tibetans-in-exile take part in a candlelight vigil following the self-immolation attempt by a monk. Photo: AFP

The United States on Friday denounced the “horrific” toll as the number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule rose to 101.

Washington had noted “the horrific figures” and was “deeply concerned by the reports that these immolations are continuing,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told journalists.

16 Feb 2013 - 2:26pm 3 comments

Tibetan leader accuses China of ‘sham’ trials

Exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks listen to a speaker in New Delhi, India. Photo: AP

The political leader of Tibetan exiles on Friday accused China of holding “sham” trials in which eight Tibetans were convicted of inciting others to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule.

2 Feb 2013 - 11:51am

Tibetans in India launch drive against China

Kalon Tripa of the Central Tibetan Administration (Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile), Lobsang Sangay, speaks during an interview at his office in Dharamshala, India.

The Tibetan government-in-exile in India on Tuesday announced plans for a four-day campaign to bring global pressure on China in a bid to end a string of self-immolations in their Himalayan homeland.

30 Jan 2013 - 11:27am

Tibetan man burns to death in Gansu, first self-immolation in China this year

A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire in protest at China’s rule of the Himalayan region, a rights group and overseas media said, relaying the first self-immolation of this year.

13 Jan 2013 - 12:18pm

Tibetan teenager latest to self-immolate in China

Paramilitary policemen patrol the streets of Lhasa equipped with fire extinguishers. Photo: Reuters

A 16-year-old Tibetan girl has died after setting herself on fire, Chinese state media said on Monday, in an area that has become a flashpoint for protests against Beijing’s rule.

10 Dec 2012 - 3:36pm

China slams 'disgusting' US stance on human rights in Tibet

Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, attends a press conference in Dharmasala, India. Photo: AP

Beijing lambasted the US on Friday for “disgusting” comments by a US official on the human rights in Tibet, prompting China to file a diplomatic complaint with Washington.

7 Dec 2012 - 7:21pm 1 comment

China to press murder charges for inciting Tibet immolations

Police and residents converge on the body of a farmer in his late 50 who self-immolated in Xiahe, Gansu province. Photo: AP

Anyone caught aiding or inciting Tibetan self-immolations with murder, state media said on Wednesday, after more than 90 Tibetans set themselves alight in protest at Beijing’s rule.

5 Dec 2012 - 9:15pm

Tibetan man self-immolates in protest in China

A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire in northwest China’s Qinghai province, state media reported on Friday, in the latest in a series of protests against Chinese rule.

23 Nov 2012 - 9:37pm

Briefs, November 19, 2012

Five children 'found dead in dumpster'

19 Nov 2012 - 4:30am

Briefs, 5 November, 2012

Tibetan man dies after setting himself on fire

5 Nov 2012 - 4:05am

Briefs, October 29, 2012

Cat-and-mouse game continues near islands

29 Oct 2012 - 4:53am