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[23 December 2014] A 19 year-old female nomad has become the second Tibetan to die this month from self-immolating. Tsepey Kyi set fire to herself on 22 December in Ngaba county, Amdo. She died at the scene. Sources say her protest was "against Chinas repressive policies".

Tsepey KyiTsepey Kyi self-immolated at 2pm local time on 22 December in Meruma town, Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county, Ngaba prefecture, Amdo (now incorporated into China's Sichuan province). Note: some reports state Tsepey's age as 20, and spell her name Tsepe or Tseypey.

According to a source quoted by Radio Free Asia, Tsepey was protesting against Chinas repressive policies. Tsepey died at the scene. Chinese police were quick to arrive on the scene and confiscated her body (pictured right).

Scene of Tsepey Kyi self-immolationReports indicate that following the protest, Tsepey's parents and brother Yime were detained for questioning. It is not known if they remain in custody, as communications to the region have been restricted.

Tsepey was described by those who knew her as well-behaved, honest and gentle. She had not been formally educated but grew up as a herder with her nomadic parents and five siblings.

The Chinese authorities in Tibet have regularly denied families the right to a traditional Tibetan funeral by confiscating the self-immolator's body and later only returning ashes.

Tsepey Kyi's self-immolation is the second to take place within a week in Tibet. On 16 December, Sangyal Khar died after self-immolating in Amchok town, Amdo (Gansu province). There have now been 10 self-immolations in Tibet this year and 134 since 2009.

Further reading: RFA I TCHRD I ICT
Warning: both TCHRD & ICT reports contain graphic images of the self-immolation.

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