Tibetan Self-Immolations

Over 140 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in recent years to protest the repressive rule of the Chinese government. The Dalai Lama has stated that he does not encourage his people to continue to protest in such drastic ways. At the same time, Beijing has responded with added security measures and arrests. However, the self-immolations continue with no end in sight.


Self-Immolation Triggers Protest

March 14, 2012

Tibetan Service reporter Karma Dorjee describes growing tension in China’s Tibetan areas.

Chinese Painter Advocates Tibetan Cause

March 07, 2012

Artist Liu Yi is painting portraits of Tibetan self-immolators.

Sadness Dampens New Year Celebrations

Febuary 23, 2013

Tibetans mark the New Year amid protests and self-immolations.

It Will Go On

Febuary 14, 2013

RFA Tibetan Service reporter Karma Dorjee analyses the situation in Tibet as self-immolations top 100.

Dealing with Graphic Content

November 15, 2011

A citizen journalist in Tibet documented the self immolation of a young monk. The RFA newsroom explains its decision to publish it.


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Tibetan Protest Movement Spreads

May 28, 2012

The unprecedented self-immolations in Tibet's capital Lhasa highlight Beijing's difficulty in getting a handle on the Tibetan situation.

Tighter Grip On Tibet Expected

Jan. 26, 2012

The deadly crackdown on Tibetan protests this week highlights Beijing's hardline policy.


A Chronology of Tibet

March 17, 2010

Since China occupied Tibet more than six decades ago, Tibetans have been struggling for greater autonomy for the region.

Additional Information

Congressional-Executive Commission on China Special Report: Tibetan Immolation


Radio Free Asia Tibetan Service

International Campaign for Tibet