What singing means in Tibet

13th May 2014

Surprising new campaign video highlights courage of Tibetan singers

Free Tibet has launched a new video designed to bring the plight of Tibet’s jailed musicians to a new audience. Contrasting the emotional statements of television talent show contestants with the commitment and courage of Tibetan singers jailed for their music, the video (below) makes a powerful plea for action.

Jailed for angering China

At least ten singers have been imprisoned by China in Tibet since 2012, joining thousands of other political prisoners in this occupied country. Their songs have celebrated Tibet, expressed sorrow over the exile of the Dalai Lama and spoken of the suffering of the Tibetan people under Chinese rule. For China, expressions of national pride are a threat. As a result, Lolo, Shawo Tashi, Pema Thinley, Chakdor, Chokyal, Pema Rigzin, Achok Phulshung, Kalsang Yarphel, Trinley Tsekar and Gongpo Tsezin have been jailed. Some still await trial – the rest have been sentenced to between two and nine years.

Take action

For Tibet’s Jailed Musicians, singing really does mean everything. Please share our video with friends and family and urge them to sign the petition to China’s minister of justice, demanding the release of Tibet’s Jailed Musicians.