Press statements by Tibetan Parliament for Self-immolator Chagdor Kyab

DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile expressed solidarity with Chador Kyab who set himself on fire in protest against the Chinese government on 2 may 2017 and called on China to address the genuine grievances of the Tibetan people.

Chagdor Kyap, aged 16, son of Zoepa and Dolma Tso, farmers from Dardo in Bora Township, set himself on fire near the Bora monastery in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet. He shouted “Tibet wants freedom” and “Let His Holiness the Dalai Lama return to Tibet”. While his body was engulfed in fire and was running towards the local Chinese police station but collapsed after a few steps. Chinese police and military swiftly arrived at the scene and extinguished the flames and took away the body.His physical condition is unverified as his body was taken by Chinese police to an undisclosed location.

He is the 148th Tibetan is known to have self-immolated inside Tibet since 2009. All the Tibetan self-immolators have called for freedom to be restored in Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet. The Chinese government instead of hearing the aspiration of Tibetans, it intensified its repressive policies on Tibet which is the worst crime committed in the history of humankind. Since this century is moving towards the Freedom and Education, Democratic system, the super power countries and their people in the world have to expose crimes committed by the Chinese government.

With the presence of His holiness the Dalai Lama, the mutual beneficial middle way approach is the best policy to resolve the issues of Tibet peacefully. China should not miss the opportunity and has to fulfill the aspiration of Tibetan people else Chinese Government has to take the responsibilities for failing the resolution of the Tibet issue.