Tibetan Women's Association Commemorates First Woman to Self-immolate

Dharamshala: - The Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) and its 56 chapters worldwide are today holding solidarity actions in commemoration of Tenzin Wangmo, who died after a seven-minute self-immolation protest on October 17.

Peace rallies, candlelight vigils and prayer services are being staged to mark the first self-immolation by a Tibetan woman. In a press release, the TWA said self-immolation is considered to be the highest form of peaceful protest.

Wangmo, a nun in her early 20s, was from Ngaba Mamae Dechen Choekorling nunnery â€" the largest nunnery in Ngaba  county, eastern Tibet.

She set her body alight and made rounds of the Sumo bridge - at a crossroads near her nunnery, 3km from Ngaba County market calling, "We want the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet," and "We want religious freedom in Tibet."

Wangmo"s self-immolation is the ninth such case in Tibet, and she if the fourth person to die from the act.

The TWA today urged the Chinese government to withdraw the troops from Tibet and  allow Tibetans their basic human rights: freedom of speech, movement and religious practice."

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