Tibetan refugees alarmed by Tibetan monk’s fire suicide

Dharamsala : The Tibetan government-in-exile in India has expressed deep concern at the death of Tsewang Norbu a Tibetan monk who allegedly died after setting himself on fire to draw global attention to the worsening crisis in Tibet.

“This act of desperation is another indication of the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet,” said a spokesman of the Tibetan government in exile here, Monday.

“Just as India was celebrating independence day at noon August 15,Norbu called the world’s attention to the lack of freedom in Tibet,before setting himself ablaze.He also distributed leaflets calling for the freedom of Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet,” the spokesman.

Reports from Tibet say Norbu was a monk at the Nyatso monastery in Tawu county in east Tibet.He was 29 years old.

The spokesman quoted China’s official news agency Xinhua confirming the death on Monday.

The Tibetan government-in-exile has urged the Chinese authorities to act with restraint and caution.

Appealing to the Chinese to restore power and water supply to the monastery which have been cut of since July 6, the birthday of the Dalai Lama.

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