As readers may realize obtaining information from occupied Tibet is challenging, yet despite the oppression and real dangers of torture and forced labor Tibetans take such risks to inform the world of their suffering under China’s tyranny. With such material there can be delays, misunderstanding of translations, repetition or sometimes conflicting detail, particularly when reported by any number of Tibet related organizations, or sympathetic individuals. This can result in inaccuracies or confusion, hardly surprising given the circumstances and that Tibet is effectively under military lock-down 24/7. Like others we are not immune from such error and recently we were asked by a Tibetan friend about figures appearing on our map of self-immolations inside Tibet, which he suggested may need to be revised. We happily took his thoughts on board and have been busy over the weekend examining the various conflicting sources and comparing the totals, which do vary with some organizations.
Having checked back reportage of self-immolations in occupied Tibet to March 2011 and correlating those totals with Dossier Tibet and Rangzen Alliance, two sources who we have great respect for in terms of accuracy and quality of reports, we are revising the total of reported self-immolations in Tibet to 121 (this includes the Tibetan self-immolation by Tapey during 1989) for such protests up to March 25, 2013.