Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 11 other Nobel Peace Prize winners sent a letter to Chinese Communist Party leader Hu Jintao on Tuesday, urging Hu to “respect the dignity of Tibetan people” and open “meaningful dialogue” with the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan leaders.
The letter is in response to the recent increase in self immolations in Tibet.
Twenty monks have set themselves on fire in Tibet this year, bringing the total number of self immolations to more than 30.
Last Friday, two monks from Caodeng Temple in Aba County, Sichuan Province, set themselves on fire.
The response from the Chinese Communist Party has been to crack down on both Buddhist monks and other protestors.