TCHRD PRESS RELEASE
3 November 2011, Dharamsala
Contact: Ms. Dukthen Kyi (English) / Mr. Jampel Monlam (Tibetan, Chinese)
Tragic Death of Tawu Nun after Self-Immolation
Today, at around 12.40 pm, a nun in Tawu County, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), set herself afire in protest against the Chinese government amid the continued repression of religious freedom and human rights in Tibet.
Palden Choesang, 35 years old, shouted slogans such as “Freedom in Tibet,” “Long live H.H the Dalai Lama,” and “Let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet” before she self-immolated near Namgyal Stupa, a huge stupa in Tawu County.
Latest reports state that nun Choesang died from severe burn injuries. Her body is being kept at Tawu Nyatso Monastery at this moment.
Choesang was born in Drogcho Village, Geshe Township of Tawu County, Kardze TAP. She was a nun at Dakar Choeling Nunnery in Tawu County.
Today was the last day of a ‘Nyung-ney’ practice, a religious fast by monks of Tawu Nyatso monastery and local Tibetans that was held in the premises of the Namgyal stupa. According to sources, nun Choesang self-immolated at a road nearby the Namgyal stupa.
Shortly after nun Choesang’s self-immolation, many police arrived, placing heavy restrictions on the area around Nyatso monastery.
Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy