Tibetan singer sentenced to six years in prison

13th November 2020

Lhundrub Drakpa was sentenced to six years in prison in June.

The Tibetan singer Lhundrub Drakpa was sentenced to six years in prison in June, TCHRD has learned. 

Lhundrub Drakpa was detained in May 2019, less than two months after hissong “Black Hat” was released, TCHRD reported.  The song criticised government policies in Driru County, which is located in the Chinese named Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) The title of the song relates to a Tibetan proverb: “don’t put a black hat on an innocent person”, or “don’t accuse an innocent person of wrongdoing”..

He was sentenced in June this year after over a year in detention before his trial and without access to legal representation, according to TCHRD. 

Tibet Watch reported the lyrics Lhundrub Drakpa sang include:

“A noble and truthful nationality

Forced to wear a black hat of subterfuge

Months and years of wearing the hat

Enduring undesired hell of suffering on earth…

Days and nights of the darkened moon

The time when gloom enveloped the universe

Became the defeat for me and all Tibetans”


This follows a report from Human Rights Watch that a Tibetan woman died in the same county, Driru, in August after being transferred to hospital from police custody. 


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