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Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 10:59am

Tibetan man detained after wife self-immolates

Tibetans-in-exile mourn the death of Lobsang Thokmay, a monk from the Kirti monastery in Tibet's Amdo region, who set himself ablaze on Saturday. Photo: AFP

A Tibetan woman burned herself to death, leading authorities in China to detain her husband, rights groups and media reports said on Tuesday, in the latest such protest against Beijing’s rule.

Around 110 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire since 2009.

19 Mar 2013 - 2:40pm 3 comments

Tibet deputy party chief urges crackdown on self-immolations

Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of the Tibet Autonomous Region Qiangba Puncog (left) and President of Tibet Autonomous Region People's Congress Padma Choling. Photo: EPA

Tibet autonomous region officials yesterday called for a crackdown on the wave of self-immolations by ethnic Tibetans in protest against Chinese rule, saying there was "abundant" evidence that they were linked to the Dalai Lama's "splittist" activities.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:45am 1 comment

Tibetan teens die in rare double self-immolation

A Tibetan in exile observes the third day of Losar, the Tibetan new year, in Kathmandu last week. Photo: AFP

Two Tibetan teenagers died after they set fire to themselves in protest at Chinese rule, reports and Western rights groups said, in a rare instance of a double self-immolation in the restive region.

The former primary school classmates were named as 18-year-old Sonam Dargye and a 17-year-old identified by US-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) only as Rinchen.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Tibetan burns himself to death in China in 101 self-immolation

Young exile Tibetans participate in a candlelight vigil in Katmandu, Nepal. Photo: AP

A Tibetan man burned himself to death in protest against Chinese rule, reports and Western rights groups said on Thursday, bringing the total to have set themselves on fire to at least 101.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China convicts man over self-immolation ‘goading’

Exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks walk past photos of Tibetan protesters as they participate in a candlelit vigil to show solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet. Photo: AP

A Chinese court in a Tibetan area convicted a man of intentional homicide and inciting secession on Friday for “goading” a monk to set himself on fire.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:50pm

Briefs, January 27, 2013

A successful test flight of the first domestically developed jumbo air freighter has been carried out. Photo: SMP

China's new leadership will focus on modernising the country before it increases Beijing's role in international affairs, a top official told the Davos forum yesterday. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

Tibetan burns himself to death, second self-immolation in a week

A young Tibetan in southwestern China has died after setting himself on fire, rights groups have reported, marking the second self-immolation protest in a week.

20 Jan 2013 - 12:53pm

Eight Tibetans arrested for communication with 'outside forces', report suggests

One monk is among the group accused of sharing information regarding one self-immolator and, in one case, details of the 2008 uprising. "The condition and whereabouts of the arrested Tibetans remain unknown," says the report.

15 Jan 2013 - 8:17am

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

Tibet’s capital to preserve its ancient heart

A bird's eye view of Lhasa, Tibet. SCMP photo

The government of Tibet’s capital city has begun a seven-month, 1.2 billion yuan (HK$ 1.47 billion) project to help preserve Lhasa’s ancient heart.

22 Dec 2012 - 2:47pm

Beijing media attacks Dalai Lama over self-immolations

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Photo: AFP

Beijing is ramping up the rhetoric against the Dalai Lama before 2013, which has been declared "International Year of Tibet Independence" by pro-independence activists, as state media launch a joint denunciation of the Tibetan spiritual leader.

11 Dec 2012 - 4:00am 3 comments

Briefs, December 6, 2012

Anyone caught aiding or inciting Tibetan self-immolations will be charged with murder, the state press said.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am

Top US official meets families of Tibetan self-immolators

Exiled Tibetans burn a Chinese flag during a protest rally to express solidarity with Tibetan self-immolators and to appeal for immediate international intervention in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Photo: AP

The families of three Tibetans who have set themselves alight to protest China’s rule met this week with a top US official who voiced Washington’s grave concern over the Chinese crackdown.

More than 20 people have set fire to themselves this month and assistant secretary Mike Posner met with some families on Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday.

1 Dec 2012 - 9:29am 1 comment

Tibetan protests against Chinese rule in new phase

Tibetan Buddhist monks and members of the Tibetan Youth congress hold placards and flags while shouting slogans during a protest in Siliguri on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire in western China this month in a dramatic acceleration of the protests against authoritarian Chinese rule, activist groups say.

The surge in self-immolations, along with an increase in large demonstrations, mark a new phase in the Tibetan protests.

28 Nov 2012 - 8:18pm