Dickyi Choezom | 德吉曲宗

Dickyi Choezom | 德吉曲宗

Note: Japanese artist Tomoyo Ihaya painted the image for Dickyi Choezom.

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile in a release Monday said that Dickyi Choezom, a mother of two in her 40s, set herself on fire on Wednesday, June 27, at around 2 pm (local time) in Keygu town near the Dhondupling Monastery.

“Dickyi Choezom set herself on fire during a public protest against Chinese government policies of forced eviction and land seizures in the region,” the Tibetan Parliament said.

“Around 70 Tibetan families, taking part in the protest, were raising slogans for ‘Right over our own land’ and ‘Rights over our own wealth.’”

Dickyi Choezom | 德吉曲宗 was the 47th(44thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009. She was the 8thfemale self-immolator.

德吉曲宗,康结古多(今青海省玉树藏族自治州玉树县)人,两个孩子的母亲,商人,40多岁。
2010年4月,玉树发生强烈地震,在震后灾区重建安置中,德吉曲宗和其他70个家庭被当局重新安置,原来在城中心地带的房屋则被强行拆除,为此藏人们多次抗议,反对重建方案,但均无果。2012年6月27日下午3点左右,德吉曲宗在结古寺下方的街道点火自焚,被军警强行带走,据称在西宁市一家医院治疗,但至今情况不明。
她原为玉树县巴塘乡牧民,几年前与丈夫旺扎搬到结古镇,在红卫路开店经商。
她自焚后,亲属扎西央宗和扎西顿珠遭军警毒打和拘捕,多日后才获释。

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