New Delhi : Press Conference by Kirti Rinpoche
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) invites members of the press to a conference at the India Women's Press Corps (IWPC) in New Delhi on 29 April 2011. 12th Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, the head lama of Kirti Monastery, will address members of the press regarding urgent situation in the monastery in Tibet in the ongoing security crackdown in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County, Sichuan.
Continued oppression in Tibet and particularly in Ngaba area has led to the self-immolation of a 20-year-old monk, Phuntsok, on 16 March 2011. Inhumane treatment by the police and his death in the following morning has led to escalation of tension in the area. Fearing massive anti-government demonstrations, the Chinese authorities in Tibet has put the Kirti Monastery under lock down for over a month now. A huge number of Tibetans, both lay and monks, have been arbitrarily detained and at one time food supply to the monastery was cut off. On 22 April 2011, 300 monks from the monastery have been transported to an undisclosed location. Two elderly Tibetans were beaten to death and few had their arms broken when they tried to stop the security forces from transporting the monks. The area is under a huge security clampdown with armed forces patrolling inside the monastery with police dogs.
Description of urgent human rights situation by the Executive Director of TCHRD
Screening of a clandestine video showing Phuntsok immediately after the self-immolation and the security buildup in the area
Address by Kirti Rinpoche
Question and answer session
Venue: India Women's Press Corps (IWPC)
5, Windsor Place, Ashoka Road
New Delhi-110 001
Tel: (011) 2332-5366
Telefax: (011) 2332-1005