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Upper graphic: map from 2009, when there had been only 29 self-immolations
Lower: map showing the 107 Tibetan self-immolations from 2009-2013
Last Updated: February 20, 2013

Source: International Campaign for Tibet

Tibetans - who for over 50 years now have been denied self-rule and who live as an ethnic minority of second-class citizens in China - have been dousing themselves with gasoline and lighting themselves on fire in protest of Chinese rule over Tibet.

Since 2009 there have been 107 confirmed self-immolations within Tibet and the PRC, 12 occurring in 2011, 84 in 2012 and [already] seven in 2013

  • 107 Tibetans are known to have self-immolated in the PRC since February 27, 2009
  • 93 men, 14 women
  • 88 of the 107 are known to have died following their protest
  • 20 of the Tibetans who self-immolated were 18 or under
  • 38 of the 107 are from Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province
  • 11 of the 107 were monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba
  • 10 of the 107 are former monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba
  • Two of the 107 were nuns from Mame Dechen Chokorling nunnery in Ngaba
  • 106 of the self-immolations have occurred since March 16, 2011

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