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Death of Tibetan Activist Jamphel Yeshi in New Delhi highlights the sufferings of Tibetans

Two days ago, Tibetan activist Jamphel Yeshi had set himself on fire in New Delhi on account of carrying out protest against Chinese President Hu Jintao who was suppose to be visiting later that day at Jantar mantar.

Two days later Yeshi was pronounced dead at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. The authorities had seized two handwritten letters from Yeshi which had carried a message for his suicidal act. The letter read ‘Freedom is the basis of happiness for all living beings and without that freedom six million Tibetans are like a butter lamp in the wind. The fact that Tibetan people are setting themselves on fire in the 21st century should show the world their suffering and the denial of basic human rights’.

Although after the incident the authority had started to tighten security around the Oberoi hotel and detaining as many as Tibetans they think could provoke violence and riots. But we really hope that the death of activist Jamphel Yeshi does not go unnoticed and the fact that being in the 21st century and still being deprived of basic human rights the Tibetans get their due. Kiran Kidwai – International Desk, NMTV

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