Twin self-immolation

Name: Konchok Woeser

Age: 23

Sex: Male

Profession: Monk

Date of Self-immolation: 24 April 2013, 6:40 pm (local time)

Location: Dzoge County, Amdo

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased

Slogans: Not reported

Name: Lobsang Dawa

Age: 20

Sex: Male

Profession: Monk

Date of Self-immolation: 24 April 2013, 6:40 pm (local time)

Location: Dzoge County, Amdo

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased

Slogans: Not reported

At around 6:40 pm on 24 April 2013, two monks from Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery — Losang Dawa, 20, and Konchok Woeser, 23, — set themselves on fire within the monastery’s assembly hall while shouting slogans of protest against the Beijing government and its policies in Tibet. They both died at the scene. Fellow monks took their bodies into the main prayer hall to conduct a traditional ceremony and Tibetan rituals for the dead. Local authorities ordered that their bodies be cremated the following day.

kunchokwoser lobsangdawaBoth were known to be model students. Lobsang Dawa, who was studying philosophy was from the Lower Zaru nomad community in Dzoge County and Kunchok Woeser — a student in the monastery’s Tantric College — was from the Tsako Ruwa community in Mechu region of Dzoge.