12 Feb '12, 3am

Woman self-immolates in China

Woman self-immolates in China

SHANGHAI: An 18-year-old nun set herself alight in China's restive southwest, rights groups said Sunday, the latest in a spate of self-immolations among ethnic Tibetans protesting against Beijing's rule. The woman -- a member of a Buddhist nunnery in Aba prefecture in China's Sichuan province, which borders Tibet -- set herself on fire on Saturday, Free Tibet and the International Campaign for Tibet said. London-based Free Tibet said the latest incident brought the number of Tibetans who have self-immolated over the past year to 22, though Chinese state media have disputed some of the previous claims of incidents. The nun from the Mamae Nunnery shouted out slogans of protest against the Chinese government before setting herself alight, the rights groups said in separate statements. She is believed to have survived, they said. Her name was given as Tenzin Choedron, or Choez...

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