98 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009 in protest of the Chinese government’s political and military crack down. Just recently, a seven teen year old boy, Jigjey Kyab, ingested poison and then set himself on fire. He swallowed the poison to ensure that he would die and not fall in the hands of the Chinese police. According to phayul.com, “In earlier instances, surviving Tibetan self-immolators have suffered amputations of all limbs, verbal abuse, interrogations, and maltreatment by doctors and Chinese officials at the hospitals. The condition of more than a dozen Tibetan self-immolators remains unknown.”
On March 18 and 19, 2013, Tibetan-Americans and friends of Tibet are invited to Washington, DC for the Fifth Annual Tibet Lobby Day. This is an important opportunity for Tibet supporters to explain the current situation to our Congressmen. For more information, please contact your local Tibet group or contact ICT advocacy team at firstname.lastname@example.org or ICT at (202) 785-1515. Details and registration are online.
In memory of the 98 Tibetans who took their own lives and for their surviving families and all the people in Tibet, please do your part.