Dalai Lama Requests Investigation of Self Immolations

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Self Immolations in Tibet indicate persistent deprivation of human rights in the Semi-Autonomous Region

 In a solemn request the Dalai Lama has requested a thorough investigation into the deaths of several monks who had set themselves on fire to protest human rights conditions in the semi-autonomous region of Tibet. This is part of a persistent problem that has plagued the area as native Tibetans protest the encroachment of Chinese people and its impact upon Tibetan Buddhism. In a series of statements issued from Okinawa, Japan, the Dalai Lama called for non-violence and dialogue to combat persistent problems between the two ethnic groups. Local Chinese media continue to portray the spiritual leader as a villain who continues to attempt to split the Chinese motherland. They also describe him as a figure who is despised throughout China.