Tsering Woeser is a poet, essayist, and blogger, and one of the Tibetan movement’s most prominent voices. In 2011, she was awarded the Prince Claus Prize and the International Women of Courage Award by the U.S. Department of State. She lives under close surveillance in Beijing.

Last Updated: February 9, 2016

Why Are Tibetans Setting Themselves on Fire?

Tsering Woeser from New York Review of Books
February 27, 2009, was the third day of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. It was also the day that self-immolation came to Tibet. The authorities had just cancelled a Great Prayer Festival (Monlam) that was supposed to commemorate the victims of the...