Jigme Tenzin

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Date: 16 March 2014
Name: Jigme Tenzin
Age: Late twenties
Place of protest: Tsekhog
Current status: Deceased
Overview: After Jigme Tenzin's protest heavy security has been deployed inside Shador Monastery, with monks placed under “house arrest”. Contact between the monastery and the local community was been forbidden, and a “political re-education” campaign imposed on the monastery.

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Jigme Tenzin, a Tibetan monk, set him self on fire and dies in Tsekhog. Monks who carry out funeral rites arrested and beaten.

Jigme Tenzin had already died when monks from the local monastery found him. Monks performed funeral rites and informed the police of his protest. Police later arrested fourteen monks from the monastery, eleven of whom remained in detention for a number of days and were severely beaten in custody. Heavy security has been deployed inside Shador Monastery, with monks placed under “house arrest”. Contact between the monastery and the local community was been forbidden, and a “political re-education” campaign imposed on the monastery.

Jigme Tenzin’s father appealed directly to security forces not to punish monks from Shador Monastery. Jigme Tenzin’s two brothers and father were arrested and later released. Local Chinese authorities refused permission for traditional Tibetan death rituals to be conducted at Jigme Tenzin’s home.