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Two further immolations; nun dies after call for religious freedom PDF Print E-mail
[18 October] Protests continue in Tibet with two more Tibetans self-immolating in efforts to draw attention to the lack of freedoms afforded by the Chinese government. On 17 October, Tenzin Wangmo, a nun from Dechen Choekorling Nunnery in Ngaba died after self-immolating and shouting slogans calling for religious freedom in Tibet, and on 15 October, Norbu Damdrul, a former Kirti monk, was taken away after setting himself on fire. Both protests occurred in Ngaba, which has now seen eight of the nine immolations by Tibetans since March.

Tenzin WangmoTenzin Wangmo's protest took place at approximately 1pm local time on 17 October near her nunnery, located about 3km from Ngaba town centre. The 20 year-old nun shouted slogans for the return of the Dalai Lama and religious freedom in Tibet, whilst she walked along the street having set herself on fire. According to a report by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) the protest lasted between seven and eight minutes, before Tenzin Wangmo died at the scene. Tenzin Wangmo is the fifth Tibetan known to have died from a self-immolation protest this year and is believed to be the first Tibetan female to have undertaken the tragic act of self-immolation.

Nuns took Tenzin's body to Dechen Choekorling nunnery, however, the Chinese authorities demanded the body was handed over or disposed of by the end of the day. The nunnery, which houses about 350 nuns, has since come under strict surveillance by the police.

Norbu DamdrulTwo days previously, at about noon on the main street in Ngaba, Norbu Damdrul set himself on fire whilst shouting We need freedom and independence for Tibet and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. International Campaign for Tibet reported that though Norbu was badly burnt he was still alive when the police took him away. His current well-being and whereabouts are not known.

Norbu is a 19 year-old former Kirti monk from Cheji township in Ngaba county, Sichuan province. He has lived with his parents since June 2010, though it is not known whether he chose to disrobe or was expelled from the monastery by government authorities.

Further reading: TCHRD I RFA I ICT I BBC

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