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Kalon-Dicki-Chhoyang-with-Tibetan-Womens-Assocation-in-SwitzeralndDharamshala: News of the 102nd self-immolation in Tibet broke as a Tibetan minister addressed members of the Swiss Tibetan Women’s Association about the ongoing crisis.

“Self-immolations in Tibet are an ultimate form of civil disobedience without harming others,” said the Central Tibetan Administration’s Information and International Relations Kalon, Dicki Chhoyang, at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Uster, Switzerland, as the world learned about the self-immolation of 49 year old Namlha Tsering, in Labrang, Amdho, north eastern Tibet, on Sunday, February 17.
The minister stated that the spate of self-immolations in Tibet were the result of Chinese political repression, economic marginalization, environmental destruction and cultural assimilation in the region, adding that Tibet’s political leader, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, has repeatedly urged Tibetans not to take “drastic action”.
Emphasising the need for diplomacy with Chinese citizens, she said: “Tibetans are not against the Chinese people, but against China’s policies in Tibet that threaten the Tibetan religion, culture and identity.”

Ms Chhoyang, who grew up in Canada, also stressed the need for Tibetan parents to speak Tibetan with their children to help safeguard the country’s language and culture.

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