Tibetan Monk’s Self-immolates Sparks Major Protest


UPDATE: On March 16th, Phunsok, a 21-year old monk from Kirti monastery in Amdo Ngaba, eastern Tibet (Ch: Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province) lit himself on fire prompting a major protest by up to 1,000 monks and lay people. Chinese forces have flooded the town and have surrounded Kirti monastery. Several Tibetans were reportedly detained. Read SFT’s summary of the incident(including a quote from Tenzin Dorjee, SFT’s Executive Director),

Take Action:

  1. Call your Embassy in China: Alert them to this incident and urge them to press the Chinese government to respect the right of Tibetans to peaceful protest.
  2. Call Chinese authorities in Sichuan: Demand the immediate release of those detained and for them to uphold the basic rights of Tibetans.
  3. Call the Chinese Embassy in your country: Tell them that people worldwide are watching the situation in Ngaba, Tibet closely and demand the release of all those detained in the protest.
  4. Organize a solidarity protest: Send details of your protest toinfo@studentsforafreetibet.org and we’ll help to spread the word.

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About INDIA: Stand Up for Tibet-Petition

Please sign this petition to strongly urge Shri S. M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs to make a strong and clear statement acknowledging the crackdown in Tibet, and to highlight the human rights violations being carried out in Tibet today. We will deliver this petition on October 2nd, 2012 - Gandhi Jayanti - a day that symbolizes our nation’s ability to reject colonial rule, to recognize freedom as our birthright, and to regain our independence. National wide Candle Light Vigil wil be organised by our Indian Members and supporters in all the Indian major cities that day. Tibet Needs You Now! Students for a Free Tibet, India (SFT India) is the India National Network of Students for a Free Tibet International, which has over 650 chapters in more than 35 countries. We are a Non-Profit Organization funded entirely by our members and supporters. Founded in the year 2000 from a very humble beginning as a loose network of few young activists and students based in Dharamshala campaigning for Tibet’s Independence, SFT India has grown as nation-wide network of youth, campaigning for the Fundamental Rights of the Tibetan people, and we are still growing. It is from our grassroots network that we gain our strength. To ensure the effectiveness of our grassroots network, we create awareness and sensitize the world on the just cause of Tibet. We believe that young people can and must take responsibility to change our world for the better.
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