Hong Kong report cites new cases of Tibetan self-immolations

Hong Kong report cites new cases of Tibetan self-immolations

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11 December 2012

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A 9 December report from the Hong Kong Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy, a Hong Kong-based fax service which reports on dissidence, notes that two Tibetans set themselves on fire and died in Gansu's Luqu County and Sichuan's Ruoergai County respectively on 8 December 2012.

The report does not provide details of the reasons behind the latest self-immolation cases. Gansu and Sichuan authorities have refused to confirm the incidents. The report claims that a majority of monastic staff in China's Tibetan areas do not have access to the Internet, and their mobile phone connections have also been cut off. Reportedly they are subject to arrest and detention if they are caught using satellite phones.

Source: Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Hong Kong, in Chinese 09 Dec 12

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