Passang Lhamo | 巴桑拉毛

Passang Lhamo | 巴桑拉毛

January 14: In reports finally emerging, an elderly Tibetan woman apparently self-immolated in China’s capital city of Beijing in September last year. She is believed to have set herself on fire in protest against illegal land grabbing by Chinese authorities in the Keygudo region of eastern Tibet following the devastating 2010 earthquake.

According to the Dharamshala based Central Tibetan Administration, Passang Lhamo, a 62-year-old native of Keygudo torched herself on September 13, 2012 after “repeated appeals to the central authorities in Beijing failed to yield any concrete results.”

She was reportedly taken to hospital where she was treated for “severe burn injuries.”

Passang Lhamo was forced to head to Beijing after local authorities in Keygudo refused to allow her to retain her ancestral home following the major rebuilding process in the region.

Passang Lhamo | 巴桑拉毛 was the 57th(54thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009. She was the 10thfemale self-immolator.

巴桑拉毛,康结古多(今青海省玉树藏族自治州玉树县)退休干部,中共党员,62岁。
2012年9月13日下午,为抗议玉树州政府以灾区重建规划为名,强拆民房之黑幕,在北京上访时,于住建部(住房和城乡建设部)门口自焚。她被烧成重伤,至今仍在医院治疗。她自焚的消息被严密封锁,直至三个多月后才被披露。
她的女儿是玉树州民族歌舞团副团长邢萍,因反对拆迁已被撤职。2012年12月底,在网上发表题为“玉树灾区重建光环下阴影”和“权势滔天家破人亡,玉树灾后重建怎能大发国难财”的网文,披露母亲自焚抗争和全家人所遭遇的不公,引发数百万网民关注。
据介绍,巴桑拉毛在玉树州政府工作了三十多年,其夫汉人,军人,离休老干部,已病故。
当地官员掩盖巴桑拉毛自焚事件,称其有精神病。在披露巴桑拉毛自焚的网文引发网络关注后,玉树州官方召开新闻发布会,称强拆邢萍家住宅是“依法执行重建规划,不存在违法、违规强拆问题。”

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