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Famed Tibetan dunglen artist Kelsang Yarphel released from prison after four years

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) welcomes the release of popular Tibetan singer and composer Mr Kelsang Yarphel from prison after the completion of his four-year term. Mr Yarphel, 41, was released yesterday from Mianyang Prison near Chengdu city, capital of Sichuan Province. Despite heavy restrictions, TCHRD was able to obtain photos and videos that confirm the artist’s release. In one of the videos, friends greet him with traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarves (khatas) while another showed the artist wearing a baseball cap singing at a banquet. Mr Yarphel and his family stayed overnight at Chengdu city before …

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Release Tibetan monks from arbitrary detention: Sentencing is politically motivated

Earlier this month, Chinese authorities sent two monks, Gendun Dakpa and Lobsang Sherab, to prison for allegedly ‘sharing information with outsiders’ and ‘inciting separatism’ in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in Tibet’s Amdo Province. The monks were sentenced after almost a year of incommunicado detention since August last year. On 17 June, the Trochu County People’s Court sentenced Gendun Dakpa, 40, a treasurer at Thangkor Socktsang Monastery to five years and Lobsang Sherab, 36, a staff at the monastery’s store to four years. The monks were denied the right to legal representation and barred from …

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China suspected of using torture on self-immolator’s sister as Tibetan monk dies of self-immolation

A Tibetan monk named Jamyang Losel died of self-immolation protest yesterday in Chentsa (Ch: Jianzha) County, Malho (Ch: Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Jamyang, 22, died early morning on 19 May after he set himself alight near the Chentsa County government hospital. Local security officials confiscated his remains, followed by the deployment of armed police force at the site of the self-immolation protest. Local Tibetans have reported increased restriction on their movement. Internet lines remain erratic and under increased surveillance. Jamyang’s family members were turned away by the local police after they went …

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