Germany urges action to stop Tibetan self-immolations

21st October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany called on China and the Dalai Lama Friday to act to stop a wave of self-immolations by monks protesting religious repression in Tibetan areas of China.

The German government "appeals to China to change its policy in Tibet to reduce tensions", a foreign ministry spokesman told a regular government news briefing.

Berlin has called on Beijing several times to ensure greater transparency over the situation at the Kirti monastery, where the protest began when a young monk set light to himself in March, Andreas Peschke said.

The federal government "also calls on the Dalai Lama to use his influence so that the monks and nuns stop resorting to this terrible form of protest," he added, saying it deeply saddened the government.

A Buddhist nun who burned herself to death this week became the first woman and the ninth Tibetan to set fire to themselves in southwest China in recent months. Tibetan exiles say that five have died.

China blamed Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, calling the self-immolations "terrorism in disguise." The Nobel Peace laureate advocates non-violence and in the past has criticized such deadly protests.

© 2011 AFP

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