31. Lobsang Sherab

Name: Lobsang Sherab

Age: 20

Sex: Male

Profession: Monk at Ganden Tenpeling Monastery

Date of Self-immolation: 28 March 2012, 7:10 pm (local time)

Location: Cha Township, Ngaba, Amdo, Northeastern Tibet

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceased

His slogans: Not reported

Lobsang Sherab set himself on fire on the main road of Cha Township and died at the scene of his protest. According to monks from the exile-based Kirti Monastery in Dharamshala, India, paramilitary police in Ngaba removed Sherab’s body immediately following his self-immolation, ignoring pleas for his body to be handed over to his family. His corpse was never returned to his relatives. Sherab had been a monk at the small Ganden Tenpeling Monastery in Raruwa since the age of nine. In October 2011 he joined Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, but had returned home on 26 March 2012. According to a statement made by a Kirti monk in exile, “These days some 300 Chinese government officials in various positions and ranks are stationed at Kirti Monastery, and throughout Ngaba armed police and special duty police personnel maintain a security clampdown.” Sherab is survived by his parents, Sodon and Nyima, and three siblings.

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