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A popular singer in Tibet jailed for four years for political songs

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Singer-Kelsang-YarphelDharamshala: - A popular Tibetan singer convicted and sentenced by the Intermediate People's Court in Chengdu City in Sichuan Province, over his songs calling for unity among Tibetans and speak their language.

'Kalsang Yarphel is 39 years old and was sentenced to four years in prison after taking part in concerts encouraging Tibetans speak their language and calling for unity among Tibetans in Tibet,' told Tibet Post International (TPI) on Sunday, citing sources in the region.

'The Chinese authorities accuse him of singing Tibetan songs with banned political themes,' sources added.

Yarphel who is native to Makuk Tara Town of Machu County in North-eastern Tibet was detained by Chinese authorities in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet on 14 June, 2013.

He has been handed a four-year prison term, as well as two years of deprivation of political rights after being held in detention for one-and-a-half years,' according to the source.

The sources said that the concerts were held in 2012. Yarphel's popular songs included "We Should Speak Tibetan" and "We Should Unite."

Yarphel's father's name is Gonpo Tsetan and his mother is Makho. His wife's name is Tsezin Palmo and they have two sons and one daughter- Ogyen Kyab, 22, Konchok Tenpa, 20, and Dolkar Lhamo, 19.

According to TPI previous report, "a 40-year-old Tibetan singer Shawo Tashi was sentenced to five years in prison over his songs about self-immolation protest in Tibet.

His sentence came just after Kalsang Yarphel was arrested in capital Lhasa in June last year, for allegedly singing a song calling on Tibetans to "unite" and to learn and speak their own language."

Two Tibetan singers- Pema Trinley, 22, and Chakdor, 32, were secretly sentenced to 2-years in prison in the same month, over allegedly distributing politically sensitive songs. Sources said that "they were arrested by Chinese authorities in July 2012 in Machu county, Amdho region of North-eastern Tibet over a DVD that contained songs praising self-immolation protesters and His Holiness the Dalai Lama."

Tibetans in Tibet are denied most rights, including the right to freedom of artistic expression - a right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tibetans in Tibet, it is considered a crime to sing in their own language about their own culture.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 December 2014 15:54 )  


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