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US Congressional-Executive Commission on China Releases Special Report on Tibetan Self-Immolations


Tibetans display portraits of people who killed themselves in self-immolation, during a protest in front of the Liberty Square in Taipei on October 19, 2011. (AFP)
U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China released a 24-page special report on Tibetan self-immolations Wednesday that points to Beijing’s failure in seeing the series of self-immolations as the government’s policy failure.

“Tibetan Self-Immolation: Rising Frequency, Wider Spread, Greater Diversity,” reports the correlation between the series of Tibetan self-immolations with China’s increasing repression on Tibetan culture and the lack of progress in Beijing’s dialogue with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

“The wave of self-immolations is concurrent with increasing Chinese Communist Party and government use of legal measures to repress and control core elements of Tibetan culture, and with the failure of the China-Dalai Lama dialogue process to achieve any sign of progress,” report says.

The special report details the increase in spread of self-immolations to different Tibetan-inhabited areas and the number of laypersons who burned themselves since April 2011.

"Nine of the 13 self-immolations that took place during the period April through August 10, 2012, were laypersons," the commission said in its report.

According to the report, 12 self-immolations took place from March to December 2011 and 33 self-immolations took place in 2012 as of August 10.

The US Congress created the CECC in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China, and to submit an annual report to the President and the Congress.

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