This morning, I opened my laptop to the devastating news that two more Tibetans — aged 18 and 19 — self-immolated today.
In the last 10 days, five young Tibetans have lit themselves on fire in Ngaba in eastern Tibet. Since March, seven Tibetans have committed acts of self-immolation. We believe at least two have died but cannot confirm this as Chinese authorities refuse to disclose any information on their conditions.
While these young men have decided to sacrifice their lives, it’s not an escape from life’s suffering they are seeking. It’s freedom. Not only for themselves, but for their nation. China’s tyranny is driving Tibetans to take extreme actions previously unheard of in our culture. In their desperation, Tibetans are crying out to the world for help.
China’s systematic repression and tyrannical rule in Tibet — stationing officials in the monasteries, disappearing monks by the hundreds, shutting down phone lines, cutting off the internet, installing surveillance cameras and military checkpoints everywhere — have created a spiraling nation-wide crisis.
Enough is enough. The world must intervene now to save Tibetan lives.
In the coming days, as part of a broad coalition of Tibetan NGOs and Tibet Support Groups, Students for a Free Tibet will launch a new campaign that says ENOUGH! and calls for global diplomatic intervention to save Tibetan lives. We need your help. We are calling for world leaders to issue a coordinated international response to condemn China’s repressive measures in Ngaba and across Tibet and to institute multi-lateral mechanisms to advocate for the Tibetan people.
Most immediately, we must pressure China to withdraw its security forces from Ngaba and stop the ongoing harassment and torture of Tibetan monks at Kirti monastery klik hier voor video
On November 3-4, Chinese President Hu Jintao will sit with world leaders in Cannes, France at the G20 summit. We’re encouraging as many Tibetans and supporters as possible to be there to protest the Chinese government.
On Wednesday, November 2nd, we’re also calling for a mass mobilization in Cannes, France and cities around the world to intensify the pressure on China.
Tibetans have endured unimaginable suffering under Chinese occupation for the last 50 years. But until now there has not been a single known case of self-immolation. Today conditions in Ngaba and at Kirti Monastery have driven Tibetans to a breaking point.
Please, help us show Tibetans in Ngaba and across Tibet that their deep pain and suffering has not gone unnoticed by the world. Together, we can build a global force that Chinese leaders cannot ignore.
Executive Director van Students for a free Tibet