China court sentences Tibetans for encouraging self-immolation Daniel Mullen at 1:54 PM ET
[JURIST] A Chinese court has sentenced two Tibetans for inciting self-immolation [Xinhua report] according to a Thursday report from Xinhua [official website], China's state news agency. The two men were charged with intentional homicide after inciting and coercing eight people to self-immolate, three of whom ultimately died. Lorang Konchok was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and has been stripped of his political rights for life, and his nephew, Lorang Tsering, was sentenced to 10 years and has been stripped of political rights for three years. Almost 100 Tibetans have performed self-immolations since 2009 in order to protest China's policy towards Tibet. Thursday's sentences, which are among the harshest ever issued [NYT report] for self-immolation, are part of a concerted effort by China to curb the practice.
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