Name: Kunchok Sonam
Father’s Name: Sonam Palden
Mother’s Name: Lenthrok
Affiliation: Thangkor Sogtsang monastery in Zoege County, Ngaba Prefecture (Sichuan Province)
Location of incident: Thangkor Sogtsang monastery in Zoege county in Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Ch: Sichuan Province)
Date of Self-immolation: 2013-07-20
Info: An 18-year old monk called Kunchok Sonam set himself on fire on July 20 and died outside his monastery in Dzoege, Ngaba, where the crackdown has been among the most intense in Tibetan areas. Kunchok Sonam was regarded as ‘exceptional’ in his studies. He had told friends that living under Chinese rule in Tibet had brought too much suffering. A heavy troop presence has now deployed in Thangkor (Ch: Tangke) town and at the Soktsang (Tashi Thekchokling) Gelugpa monastery in Dzoege in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan where Kunchok Sonam was a monk. Another Tibetan monk, Tangdzin, was detained, according to one Tibetan source that hundreds of Tibetans have gathered at the monastery in support of monks who prevented Chinese authorities from taking away his body.