September 24, 2012
DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration today released a documentary film titled “The Burning Question: Why are Tibetans Turning to Self-immolation?”
The 30-minute film depicts factual accounts of the spate of tragic self-immolations by Tibetans inside Tibet from 2009 till date.
The film puts spotlight on the underlying causes – the Chinese government’s systematic repression of Tibetan language and religion, and forced resettlement of nomads in Tibet – which are pushing an increasing of number of Tibetans to set themselves on fire.
Despite repeated appeals by the Central Tibetan Administration to refrain from drastic actions, over 51 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese government’s repressive policies.