44. Dickyi Choezom

Name: Dickyi Choezom

Age: 40s

Sex: Female

Profession: Nomad

Date of Self-immolation: 27 June 2012, 2 pm (local time)

Location: Jyekundo, Yushul, Kham, Eastern Tibet

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Unknown

Her slogan: Not reported

Dickyi Choezom, who set herself on fire near Dhondupling Monastery in Jyekundo, was part of a demonstration including 70 Tibetan families protesting against the Chinese government’s illegal land confiscations under a re-development programme following the Yushu earthquake in 2010. It was understood that Dickyi’s home had been confiscated and was due to be demolished by the authorities. According to reports, Chinese security personnel doused the flames and took her away, supposedly to a hospital in Siling. Dickyi Choezom left behind two children. Two of Dickyi’s relatives, who also participated in the same land protest, were arrested and beaten following her self-immolation. However, a large crowd of Tibetans gathered and exerted pressure for their release, threatening to set themselves on fire if the two were not set free. They were reportedly released later in the day but were suffering injuries from the harsh beatings inflicted during their detention.

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