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Rikyo-tibet-2012Dharamshala: - A 36-year-old mother of three, Rikyo who self-immolated on 30 May 2012 to protest against Chinese government repressive policies in Tibet, left a note urging Tibetan people to remain united and preserve their culture and religion to ensure the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's return to Tibet, according to a report issued by India based Tibetan Human Rights group.

'Tibetan Center For Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) Saturday, August 18, 2012 received the note from a reliable source who has contacts in Tibet. The note was written in Tibetan in black ink on a white paper.

Following is a translation of the note left by Rikyo, 36, who died the same day of her self-immolation protest: "Prayers for world peace and happiness! To ensure His Holiness the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet, do not indulge in slaughtering and trading of animals, do not steal, Speak Tibetan, do not fight, Bearing all sufferings of the sentient beings on myself, Do not resist by fighting if I get into Chinese hands alive, Be united, Study Tibetan culture, On fire I burn, do not worry my family."

Rikyo set herself on fire at around 3 pm (Tibet Time) near Jonang Gonchen Monastery at Dzamthang (Chinese: Rangtang) County in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The mother of three was cremated the same day at around 11 pm (Tibet Time) near Jonang Gonchen monastery.

Thousands including lay Tibetans and monks had attended her cremation to express solidarity and offer prayers. The prayers were held until the next morning, according to sources.

Rikyo is survived by her husband, Nangtong, 41, three children - two sons, Lobsang 17, Kunga, 10, and daughter Semlha, 14 - and her father APang Chuklo and mother Rinlha.

Rikyo became the fourth Tibetan from Dzamthang to self-immolate in protest against the Chinese government's policies in Tibet.

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