New Delhi, 28 March 2012
With great sadness the Tibetan Youth Congress announces the demise of Martyr Jamphel Yeshi who set his body on fire for the cause of Tibet on 26 March 2012 in New Delhi.
Doctors announced Martyr Jamphel Yeshi, 27, clinically dead at 7:30 am (local time) today.
He is survived by his mother and four siblings, all in Tibet.
Martyr Jamphel Yeshi set himself on fire today at around 12:30 pm on March 26, in an apparent protest against the continued Chinese occupation of Tibet in front of hundreds of Tibetans who had converged from all over India at Jantar Mantar to protest Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit.
TYC Vice President Dhondup Lhadar was by his side at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital when Martyr Jamphel Yeshi breathed his last.
Martyr Jamphel Yeshi had suffered 98 per cent burn injuries to his body. Doctors had given him zero per cent of survival chance but Martyr Jamphel Yeshi’s heart fought against his body to survive the grueling pain.
Born in Kham Tawu, Martyr Jamphel Yeshi escaped to India in 2006 and studied at the Tibetan Transit School in Dharamshala for nearly three and a half years.
Martyr Jamphel Yeshi has been living in Delhi for the last two years and has actively participated in many of the political activities organised by the TYC and other organisations.
Described as deeply pious, Martyr Jamphel Yeshi was the first to attend religious gatherings and prayer sessions.
Dhondup Lhadar, Vice-President, TYC said: “Martyr Jamphel Yeshi’s sacrifice will be written in golden letters in the annals of our freedom struggle. He will live on to inspire and encourage the future generations of Tibetans. The brilliant radiance of his fire will dispel the darkness of China’s illegal occupation of Tibet and regenerate the spirit of Tibetan independence.
“Martyr Thupten Ngodup was the first known Tibetan to have self-immolated in our freedom struggle during an indefinite hunger strike organised by TYC in New Delhi in 1998. In Tibet, since Martyr Tapey’s self-immolation in 2009, 30 Tibetans have set their bodies on fire demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibet. Pawo Jamphel Yeshi’s self-immolation marks a milestone in our freedom struggle where Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet stand ever united in our fights against the Chinese occupying forces.”
With full stately honour, TYC will carry the body of Pawo Jamphel Yeshi to the Tibetan exile headquarters of Dharamshala and hold a grand funeral deserving of a martyr.
A lasting handwritten statement was found the same day he self immolated
from his room in a suitcase stashed in an envelope. There were two pages
of the same content both handwritten. Below is the english translation of
Will of Martyr Jamphel Yeshi
Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is the shining example of world
peace. We must strive to ensure return of His Holiness to Tibet. I pray and
believe that the Tibetan people in and outside Tibet will be united and sing the
Tibetan national anthem in front of the Potala Palace.
My fellow Tibetans, when we think about our future happiness and path,
we need loyalty. It is the life-soul of a people. It is the spirit to find truth. It is
the guide leading to happiness. My fellow Tibetans, if you want equality and
happiness as the rest of the world, you must hold onto this word ‘LOYALTY’
towards your country. Loyalty is the wisdom to know truth from falsehood. You
must work hard in all your endeavours, big or small.
Freedom is the basis of happiness for all living beings. Without freedom, six
million Tibetans are like a butter lamp in the wind, without direction. My fellow
Tibetans from Three Provinces, it is clear to us all that if we unitedly put our
strength together, there will be result. So, don’t be disheartened.
What I want to convey here is the concern of the six million Tibetans. At a
time when we are making our final move toward our goal – if you have money,
it is the time to spend it; if you are educated it is the time to produce results;
if you have control over your life, I think the day has come to sacrifice your
life. The fact that Tibetan people are setting themselves on fire in this 21st
century is to let the world know about their suffering, and to tell the world
about the denial of basic human rights. If you have any empathy, stand up for
the Tibetan people.
We demand freedom to practice our religion and culture. We demand freedom
to use our language. We demand the same right as other people living
elsewhere in the world. People of the world, stand up for Tibet. Tibet belongs
to Tibetans. Victory to Tibet!
signed: Tawu Jampel Yeshi